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Sustainability Starts at the Tree Farm

Steve Brown, A&S Horticultural | Brian Dierks, City of Maitland, FL

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Urban tree planting sites are very demanding on tree root systems. A tree's wind resistance, its ability to live in small soil volumes and establish after planting, are all connected to a tree having efficient, quality root systems. While a lot of education has been done to improve site conditions to provide good rooting environments, what about the quality of roots you purchase? Current research on nursery production methods has improved root quality and distribution.

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  • 1. SUSTAINABILITY STARTS AT THE TREE FARM
  • 2. SUCCESSFUL MATURE TREE
  • 3. EVERYTHING BUT ROOTS
  • 4. THE MODEL COMES FROM NATURE
  • 5. NURSERY PRODUCTIONS
  • 6. AIR-POTS
  • 7. MECHANICAL ROOT PRUNING
  • 8. CONTAINER SYSTEMS ARE ONLY A PIECE TO THE PUZZLE
  • 9. DISCUSSION OF PRODUCTION METHODS
  • 10. INSPECT THE ROOTS
  • 11. FIELD GROWN
  • 12. SUCCESSFUL LINERS
  • 13. RESEARCH KUDOS           Gilman, E.,F. and P. Anderson. 2006. Root pruning and transplant success for Catherdal Live oaks. J. Environmental Hort. 24:13 -17 Gilman, E.F. 2012. Anchorage is influenced by nursery production method and rot pruning at planting but not irrigation. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Gilman, E. F. and C. Wiese. 2012. Root pruning technique at planting impacts root growth and anchorage two years after planting. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 38:232 -239 Gilman, E. F. , C. Harchick, and C. Wiese. 2009. Pruning roots affects tree quality in container-grown oaks. J. Environ. Hort. 27:7-11 Gilman, E.F. and Masters. 2010. Effect of tree Size, Root Pruning and Production Method on Root Growth and Lateral Stability of Quercus virginiana. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. 36:281 -291 Gilman, E. F., M. Paz, and C. Harchick. 2010. Root ball shaving improves rot systems on seven tree species in containers. Journal Environmental Horticulture. 28:13- 18 Gilman, E.F. and M. Orfanedes. 2012. Root pruning and planting depth impact root morphology in containers. Journal Environmental Horticulture 30:173 -181 Gilman, E.F. 2013. Anchorage Influence by Production Method and Root Pruning. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 39:1-5 Gilman, E.F. and Christine Wiese. 2012. Root Pruning at Planting and Planting Depth in the Nursery Impact Root System Morphology and Anchorage. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. 38:229 -236 Anna Levinsson.2013. Post-transplant Shoot Growth of Trees From Five Different Production Methods is Affected by Site and Species. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. 39:201-210