2007 | Bryant Scharenbroch and Gary Watson, The Morton Arboretum
Examine biochemistry in urban soils, determine the effectiveness of mulching, compost teas, and fertilization to improve soil organic matter and soil biology. Particular focus will be placed on compost teas as a mulch alternative in situations where surface mulching is not possible.
Compost topdressings and wood-chip mulches are effective and cost-efficient methods for improving soil quality and stimulating tree growth in compacted urban landscape soils.
Funding Duration: 3-5 years
Grant Program: Hyland R. Johns
Grant Title: Towards improving soil biology and organic matter for urban tree health
Researcher: Bryant Scharenbroch, Gary Watson
Key words: Acer rubrum; Aerated Compost Tea; Betula nigra; Compost; Inorganic Fertilizer; Organic Materials; Organic Matter; Soil;
Peer Reviewed Publications from Grant:
- Scharenbroch, Bryant and Watson, Gary W. (2014) Wood Chips and Compost Improve Soil Quality and Increase Growth of Acer rubrum and Betula nigra in Compacted Urban Soil. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 40(6): 319–331. View the Publication >
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