Soil Profile Rebuilding: Rehabilitating Compacted Soils

Arborists and urban foresters are frequently faced with tree planting in poor quality soils that have been damaged by scraping and grading during land development or construction. These poor soils not only limit tree growth and slow establishment, but also impair the resilience of urban trees in the face of both drought and heavy rains. We have recently completed a series of research projects evaluating a soil rehabilitation technique known as Soil Profile Rebuilding that can be used to remediate soils on site. The presentation will provide an overview of this technique, which is also available in the form of a written specification to allow for easy adoption.

Susan D. Day is an Associate Professor of Urban Forestry at Virginia Tech. Dr. Day’s research focuses on managing urban soils to enhance tree growth and longevity in the context of other environmental challenges such as managing stormwater and reducing land development impacts on soil-mediated ecosystem services. She has published more than 70 articles and book chapters on these topics. Recently, Dr. Day has completed work on Soil Profile Rebuilding, a rehabilitation technique for compacted urban soils. She is also currently the project leader for Urban Forestry 2020, a national initiative funded by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council to examine the urban forestry profession in higher education. Dr. Day holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

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