Soil Fertility: An Arborist’s Analysis

Soil is an essential component of the urban landscape. Consequently, soil characteristics have an impact on the health and sustainability of urban forestry, ranging from nutrient content and retention capabilities to pH levels and pathogen presence. 

Using the latest scientific principles, an AQF Level 5 Arborist’s Analysis assesses soil conditions, providing insight and evaluation towards the correct soil management actions. For any urban, residential and commercial development projects, these actions, when applied, will improve tree species diversity and site quality. 

As part of this analysis, using the latest in industry-leading technologies, an arborist will build a picture in order to develop an advanced understanding of a tree’s structure, soil microbiology and root positioning underground. 

There are four stages included in soil analysis: 

  1. Collection of soil samples
  2. Laboratory analysis
  3. Interpretation of data
  4. Suggestions for fertiliser or other management practices 

The Importance Of An Arborist Soil Analysis 

Urban tree management is a continuous effort to mediate between the preservation of urban forestry and the subterranean stresses they face as a part of the artificial habitat in which they live. 

In urban settings, soil characterisation and analysis are vital because natural resources are extensively utilised and play an essential role in maintaining ecosystems.

 “It is in the roots, not the branches, that a tree’s greatest strength lies.” 

Longevity Of Urban Projects And Improved Quality Of Life

Inadequacies in the physical composition of soil have devastating impacts on the longevity of urban projects. Comprehensive data on soil profiles and root mapping systems will assist municipal planners in determining optimal land usage and management strategies. In addition, this knowledge has the potential to benefit the public immediately and have a significant influence on human health and urban quality of life.  

  • True Environmental Sustainability In The Fight Against Climate Change 

For true soil sustainability to be achieved, an arborist’s analysis determines the appropriate use of various cost-effective tree fertilisation methods and management tactics that work in harmony with the surrounding environment and promote the development of a better soil profile. 

Using soil microbes to feed urban forests trumps man made fertilisers and toxic chemicals such as methane, carbon dioxide, ammonia and nitrogen, whose release has significantly increased the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This, in turn, contributes to global warming and climate change. 

Treescience employs the latest scientific principles, industry-leading tools such as Grow-gun, Air Knife, Microscopic Analysis and Wood/Soil DNA Sequencing to eliminate speculation. Our assessments and reports provide a comprehensive understanding of a tree’s structure, soil microbiology and composition and root positioning underground.  

An AQF Level 5 Arborist Soil Analysis is vital for implementing cost-saving tree fertilising techniques and management strategies for achieving the perfect balance between the artificial environments trees face in an urban forestry setting and urban forests’ role in a sustainable environment.  

Contact Treescience for a comprehensive and expert soil analysis to ensure the longevity and sustainability of your next development project.