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

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

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

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


The complete guide to using plants in urban landscape design Trees in the Urban Landscape offers all the critical tools for successful planting in urban landscapes, from design conceptualization to daily maintenance. This is the perfect reference for addressing the complex issues involved in the greening of cities. More than 100 illustrations clearly exemplify essential concepts, and helpful case studies demonstrate real-world practice. Complete with important technical specifications in each chapter, this concise resource for solving everyday issues provides guidance and up-to-date material on: Identifying limitations and opportunities of landscapes Site assessment, soil remediation, and plant selection Installing and maintaining urban plants Soil texture, compaction, pH, and nutrients Spatial limitations, drainage, and existing vegetation Designing for biological diversity and visual similarity Trees in the Urban Landscapeis an essential volume for anyone working in landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, and aboriculture, as well as students in these fields.


Understanding the limitations and opportunities of a given landscape to sustain plant growth will ultimately determine the success or failure of any landscape design. In this book, our objectives are to empower landscape architects, horticulturists, and city foresters with tools so that they may make detailed assessments of sites that pose problems or present opportunities for proposed and existing plantings. In addition, subjects we engage in this text include understanding microclimates, soil texture, soil compaction, soil pH and nutrients, drainage, and spatial limitations to plant growth both above and below ground as well as evaluating existing vegetation. This sets the stage for appropriate plant selection and installation guidance to meet the design intent as well as point out the need to modify the planting design or the site conditions when feasible.

Detailed considerations of soil amendments, drainage and aeration, nutrients and innovative materials, methods, and details are provided. Critical step-by-step calculations to determine needed soil volumes to achieve envisioned designs are outlined. Associated with these calculations are strategies to design for planting areas and configurations that improve the success of plant establishment in urban areas.

The way in which we make plant selections for a given site based on documented site assessment is stressed in this text. Strategies for the consideration of biological diversity and visual similarity are considered, and some tree species that may be used to achieve such ideas are suggested. Essential considerations of planting techniques and maintenance are provided, as are techniques for site preservation and management during construction.

Many people have contributed to the science and art of urban tree establishment. In this text, we present their best ideas. We are grateful for the efforts of graduate students at Cornell University’s Urban Horticulture Institute for their contributions over the years, many of which are presented here. We are especially appreciative of the research done by Louis Anella . . .

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