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Trees in the Urban Landscape: Site Assessment, Design, and Installation




Trees in the Urban Landscape: Site Assessment, Design, and Installation

Peter J. Trowbridge, Nina L. Bassuk

ISBN: 978-0-471-39246-0 March 2004 232 Pages


This hands-on guidebook provides practical, applied information on design considerations, site planning and understand-ing, plant selection, installation, and maintenance of trees in challenging urban environments.

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Chapter 1. Doing it Right from the Start: Successful Urban Plant Establishment.

What Went Wrong?

Think Like a Tree: A Rational Process for Successful Plant Establishment.

Back to Basics.

A Process of Plant Establishment.

Right Plant/Right Place/No Place.

Nature or Nurture.

Coming Full Circle.

Reference Cited.

Chapter 2. Site Assessment and Analysis: An Overview.

Above-Grade Factors.

Belowground Factors.

Decision Making Based on Site Assessment.

References Cited.

Chapter 3. Modification of Soils.

Background: Issues for Soil Modification.

Soils Under Pavements: Structural Soils.

Soil Volume Calculations.

Spatial Configuration of the Planting Area.

Surface Treatment over the Rooting Zone.

Ameliorating the Effects of Grade Changes.

Drainage Principles and Techniques.

References Cited.

Chapter 4. Plant Selection.

What Functions Do Plants Serve in the Urban Environment?

How Do We Begin Matching the Plant to the Site?

Current Strategies.

The Case for Visual Uniformity.

The Case for Species Diversity.

A Solution.

Recommended Groups of Visually Compatible Trees.

Selecting and Using a Plant Group.

Additional Recommended Tree Groups.

Reference Cited.

Chapter 5. Transplanting and Initial Care in the Landscape.

Plant Quality and Nursery Production Practices.

Methods of Production and Harvest.

Some Trees Are More Difficult to Transplant Successfully Than Others.

Tree Size.

The Process of Handling and Storage.

Planting Procedure.

References Cited.

Chapter 6. Site Preservation and Management.

Appendix I: Tree and Large Shrub Tolerance of Varying Soil Moisture, Soil pH, and Salt Conditions.

Appendix II: Model Soil Specifications.

Appendix III: Model Landscape/Planting Specification.

"...of considerable interest for designers, managers, operators, teachers and for practitioners, too...the perfect reference for addressing the complex issues involved in city greening."  (Advances in Horticultural Science, Vol.2, 2005)
  1. Includes coverage of design considerations, site planning and understanding, plant selection, site remediation, installation and maintenance of trees in the urban landscape
  2. Addresses the increasingly important needs of those involved in the "greening of cities"
  3. Case studies illustrate successful planting and design of urban trees.
  4. Over 100 illustrations, including 16 in full color, illustrate each concept for better understanding.