ILLINOIS SOIL GROUPS ADAPTED TO SHORT-GROWING WOODY AND HERBACEOUS PLANTS USED IN ROADSIDE STABILIZATION AND BEAUTIFICATION

SOILS VARY IN A NUMBER OF WAYS THAT ARE IMPORTANT IN DETERMINING HOW PLANTS GROW. ALTHOUGH ESTABLISHED SOIL SERIES DIFFER SUFFICIENTLY IN PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL WAYS TO WARRANT RECOGNITION AS INDIVIDUALS, SOME ARE SIMILAR ENOUGH TO FAVOR THE SAME KINDS OF PLANTS. SUCH SOILS CAN BE PLACED IN INTERPRETIVE GROUPS EACH OF WHICH IS ADAPTED FOR PLANTS WITH CERTAIN ROOT REQUIREMENTS AND FERTILITY NEEDS. A TENTATIVE GROUPING OF ILLINOIS SOIL SERIES IS PRESENTED IN AN ATTEMPT TO PLACE THE SERIES IN GROUPS THAT DIFFER FROM ONE ANOTHER IN WAYS THAT MAY DETERMINE PLANT ADAPTABILITY. THE SOIL GROUPS MAY ALSO DIFFER IN THE WAY THEY NEED TO BE TREATED BEFORE PLANTINGS ARE MADE. SUCH TREATMENTS INCLUDE LIMING, FERTILIZING, DEEP TILLAGE, COVERAGING WITH TOPSOIL, OR OTHER TREATMENT. ILLINOIS SOIL SERIES INTERPRETIVE GROUPING PLACES THEM IN A NUMBER OF GROUPS THAT DIFFER IN TEXTURE AND KIND OF MATERIALS BELOW THE SOIL, BULK DENSITY, VOLUME, WEIGHT, DEGREE OF WEATHERING, DEPTH TO CARBONATES, COLOR OF A HORIZON, AND DOMINANT MOISTURE CONDITION. IT IS PROPOSED THAT THESE GROUPINGS BE USED IN SELECTING SUITABLE LOCATIONS FOR PLANT ADAPTATION STUDIES ON ROADSIDE BACK SLOPES.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Urbana, IL  USA  61801
  • Authors:
    • McKenzie, L J
    • Kemmerer, H
  • Publication Date: 1966-6

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 11 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 55

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  • Accession Number: 00204684
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 23 1994 12:00AM