Tree Roots in the Built Environment

Tree Roots in the Built Environment

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This publication sets out a comprehensive review of tree root biology and covers a broad range of practical issues that need to be considered in order to grow trees successfully in our towns and cities and to realise the significant benefits they provide in built environments. Topics covered include: soil condition and roots; improving tree root growth in urban soils; water supply and drought amelioration for amenity trees; coping with soil contamination; protecting trees during excavation and good trenching practice; control of damage to tree roots on construction sites; tree root damage to buildings and pavements, sewers, drains and pipes; research needs and sustainability of. damage. to. pipes. and. drains. Root intrusion can often be avoided by careful planning and construction in the ... However, Harris et al ( 1 999) point out this cannot prevent cracks due to enlarging roots. ... in sufficient quantity to control roots throughout the expected lifetime of the pipe (eg 50+ years for PVC pipes).

Title:Tree Roots in the Built Environment
Author:John Roberts, Nick Jackson, Mark Smith
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2006-06-14


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