SYSTEMATIC CATALOGING AND EVALUATION OF PLANT MATERIALS FOR HIGHWAY USE IN GEORGIA

RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED TO COMPILE A LIST OF CLIMATE AND SOIL-ADAPTED PLANTS WHICH ARE EASY TO PROPAGATE, ESTABLISH, AND MAINTAIN IN EACH OF THE PLANT HARDINESS ZONES IN GEORGIA. PLANTS ARE USED ALONG THE HIGHWAY TO ENHANCE THE BEAUTY OF THE LANDSCAPE, AS EFFECTIVE EROSION CONTROL, AND FOR UNIQUE USES SUCH AS HEADLIGHT GLARE, MEDIAN STRIP PLANTING, AND CRASH BARRIERS. PLANTS THAT ARE EASILY PROPAGATED, EASILY ESTABLISHED, AND NEED LITTLE CARE ARE MOST DESIRABLE FROM AN ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT. THESE FACTORS WERE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION IN THE EVALUATION OF PLANTS FOR USE ON GEORGIA HIGHWAYS. A LIST OF PLANTS WAS COMPILED FROM RECENT HIGHWAY BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA IN COLLABORATION WITH LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS AND THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT OF GEORGIA. THE PERFORMANCE AND SURVIVAL RATE OF EACH PLANT WAS RECORDED. THESE LISTS OF PLANTS WERE COMPARED AND COMPILED INTO A SINGLE LIST FOR STUDY. THE BASIC LIST WAS REVIEWED BY THE RESEARCH STAFF AND ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS WERE MADE WHERE EXPERIENCE INDICATED THEY WERE NECESSARY. CHARACTERISTICS OF PLANTS EVALUATED DURING THE STUDY WERE RECORDED IN SUCH A MANNER THAT THE VISUAL AND CULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PLANTS COULD BE CODED INTO A COMPUTER PROGRAM WHICH WAS DESIGNED FOR THIS PURPOSE. WITH PLANT CHARACTERISTIC DATA READILY AVAILABLE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR COMPARISON, DESIGNERS WILL BE MORE QUALIFIED TO MAKE MORE ACCURATE JUDGMENTS WHICH WILL AID IN REDUCING THE PERCENTAGE OF ERROR IN BALANCING THE ECOLOGICAL AND AESTHETIC CHARACTERISTICS OF GEORGIA HIGHWAYS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Int Rept No 6602, 141 PP, 8 FIG, 30 TAB, 88 REF,
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Georgia, Athens

    College of Business Administration
    Athens, GA  USA  30602
  • Authors:
    • Perry, F B
    • Haynes, J N
    • Godfrey, C E
  • Publication Date: 1970-5

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  • Accession Number: 00204807
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 21 1970 12:00AM