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Forest Soils

The soil properties of planted forests – topsoil depth, soil structure, rooting depth, hard pans, erosion risk, soil texture, water holding capacity, nutrient supply – all have an impact on forest productivity. Below see some videos that explain soil sampling to determine productivity of forest soils:

Identifying the mineral soil surface

See also Practical soil sampling in planted forests – soil profile  [266 Kb PDF]


Taking samples for soil chemistry analysis

See also Practical soil sampling in planted forests – soil chemistry [254 Kb PDF]


Soil sampling for bulk density measurement

See also Practical soil sampling in planted forests – soil bulk density [261 Kb PDF]



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