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Between a rock and a hard place: Identifying effective soil volume for urban sites - Greening the Landscape Research Consortium

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  • Event Date: Nov 14, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Registration Opens: Sep 12, 2023 01:00pm
  • Registration Closes: Nov 14, 2023 11:00am

Dense urban areas are home to some of the harshest growing environments. Beyond the various above ground stresses, trees generally lack the functional soil space to thrive in the landscape. Although there are rules of thumb that indicate a minimum of 30m3 soil volume is required for every tree, there is limited information as to how these guidelines should be adapted to accommodate shared planting pits, areas with structural soils, or soil cells. There is a need to understand the history of soil volume recommendations, explore the most recent research, and determine how current data may be applied to support the successful establishment and growth of trees at even the most derelict urban sites.

Join panelists Susan Day, Professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, Jenny Hill, Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Researcher working with the City of Toronto and the Consortium’s own Jason Henry, Case Study Lead for Best Practices for Tree Establishment and Maintenance as they delve into the details of soil volume as it pertains trees in the urban forest.