Trees, urban environments, and soil volumes

Jimmy Socash, Henrique Mayer


Endless expansion of urban areas throughout Florida has caused rampant destruction of forested lands, resulting in exaggerated increases in temperature and the creation of new urban spaces devoid of natural liveable conditions. Fortunately, this problem has not gone unrecognized and many governmental and municipal agencies have been proactive in requiring extensive new plantings as part of “development.” However, due to the precious value of urban real estate, open spaces and tree planting opportunities are minimal and more often than not, the urban tree plantings are left to the marginal corners and most undevelopable places on a typical site. This presentation will attempt to demonstrate that development regulations requiring tree plantings for urban areas are vital. However, without adequate soil volume for urban tree plantings, these tree requirements are doomed to fail. In order to enhance tree growth in urban areas, new technologies such as CU-Structural Soils, Deep Root Silva Cells and use of permeable pavements are available. Incorporation and use of these and other similar measures may help provide better growing environments for urban trees.

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283