Tag: soil test

In agriculture, a soil test is the analysis of a soil sample to determine nutrient and contaminated content, composition, and other characteristics such as the acidity or pH level. A soil test can determine fertility, or the expected growth potential of the soil which indicates nutrient deficiencies, potential toxicities from excessive fertility and inhibitions from the presence of non-essential trace minerals. The test is used to mimic the function of roots to assimilate minerals. The expected rate of growth is modeled by the Law of the Maximum.

From Titusville to Tycoons

From Titusville to Tycoons

The evolution of the oil and gas drilling industry in the US has all the essential components of a blockbuster adventure novel—colorful characters, challenging landscapes, spectacular discoveries, deals and dollars, and a lot of each of them.

FREE!  Using Software for Successful Project Design

FREE! Using Software for Successful Project Design

From drones to project software, technology has infiltrated construction and erosion/sediment control, maximizing our efficiency, and improving project success. The greatest impact? Coupling this new technology with field-tested fundamentals of revegetation and erosion control.

Join Matthew Welch, CESSWI to explore the latest in project design software; its parameters, calculations, and applications;

Sprouting BMPs

Sprouting BMPs

Vegetation is often the BMP best suited for curbing erosion; however, not every site contains the best soil, which is crucial for quick seed germination and plant growth. Choosing the right seed can often solve such problems. Plants that tolerate salt are perfect for marshes that take ocean backflows, and

From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up

Anyone who’s worked with a containerized plant has seen evidence of how strong plant roots can be. Adhering tightly to the soil, roots form a living net of fibers that often require a sharp knife, or ax, to rend. Of course, with any erosion control project, plant materials (especially those

Seeds of a Certain Sort

Seeds of a Certain Sort

More each day, plants that “could do the job” are not; a perennial grass that might stop a site’s erosion in one season won’t be used if it’s not native to the area. Increasing use of native plants-the definition narrowing down from “regional” to “sub-county”-offers challenges for those who sow

Revegetating With Native Plants

Revegetating With Native Plants

Field experience has made it clear that if one is to be successful growing native plant communities, a functional microbial community is imperative. Use of native seeds in revegetation follows the current societal focus on multiple use of lands, a policy toward enhancing ecosystem diversity and function, and conservation of

Tough Hydroseeding Challenges

Tough Hydroseeding Challenges

Vegetating Ski Runs Beautiful Lake Tahoe straddles the California-Nevada border and is situated approximately 40 minutes from Reno, NV, and a little over three hours from San Francisco. Near the north shore of Lake Tahoe, on the California side, sits the historic small town of Truckee, home of the Northstar

Stormwater Pollution: Getting at the Source

Now that MS4 (municipal separate storm sewer system) programs have become a major legal and financial concern for municipal public works directors throughout the country, it is time to reevaluate the role of source reduction, also known as pollution prevention. Greater emphasis on source reduction has the potential to improve

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