THE INFLUENCE OF DEICING SALTS ON SOIL AND TURF COVER

The increasing use of deicing salts in the last two decades of this century has a great impact on the ecosystem along traffic routes. One result among many is the injury done to plants due to the uptake of salt in the soil and the direct effect of salt spray. The investigations presented show the consequences of salting on the soil and turf cover. Experiments with species and varieties were carried out in the greenhouse as well as outdoors in order to determine the salt-tolerence of potential grasses for roadside vegetation. With increased salt application both the average density of the sward and the dry matter yield decreased. The field trial included investigations on soluble salts as well as sorption ratios. The application of salt led to increasing salinity in the soil, depending upon the total amount of salts applied and upon the weather conditions. There was also a clear correlation between the concentration of soluble sodium and the exchangeable sodium-percentage of the soil colloids. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen

    Institut fur Bodenkunde und Bodenerhaltung, Ludwigstr 23
    6300 Lahn-Giessen,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Brod, H G
    • Preusse, H U
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: v.p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00189468
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1979 12:00AM