282 pages, 105 line illustrations
Written in a clear, accessible style, this book covers the fundamental aspects of soil science with an emphasis on topics useful to landscape architects and professionals in related fields. The book begins with a discussion of soil surveys developed in different countries, followed by a concise description of soil components and how the interactions between air, water, and nutrients affect plant growth. It examines methods for controlling erosion, particularly in light of modern irrigation techniques. It describes the chemistry of plant growth, devotes four chapters to macro- and micro-nutrients, and features a detailed discussion of ways to diagnose and correct plant disorders. It also looks at the engineering aspects of soils and includes a detailed list of references for further information.
Use of soil surveys for landscape architecture; basic information about soils and plants; parts of a soil- air, water, minerals, and organic matter; physical properties of soils; movement of water across soils; nature of soil erodibility; controlling erosion; effective water use - irrigation; chemical properties of soils for growing plants; soil nutrients; macronutrients - nitrogen, phospherous and potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur; micronutrients; fertilizers; soil organic matter; diagnosing plant disorders; engineering aspects of soil; satellite imagining, image technology, and computer programmes.
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