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Silva Cells Can Be Installed with (around) Existing Trees – Part II

Following our post about critical questions to ask prior to using Silva Cells with existing trees, the following are a few examples of successful applications in the USA and Canada. As with any root pruning operation we always recommend close consultation with a local certified arborist. Hanover Inn Hanover, New Hampshire At the corner of… More

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Silva Cells Can Be Installed with (around) Existing Trees – Part I

A common question we receive is can Silva Cells be used with an existing tree? Yes! While Silva Cells are typically used to provide soil volume and stormwater management with new tree plantings, there are many circumstances where saving an existing tree is the goal. With care and consideration, Silva Cells can be installed to… More

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Horticultural Myths Exposed

Horticulture is the art of cultivating. Garden herbs, plants, produce, flowers, fruits, nuts, and trees all fall under the horticulture category. The common denominator in all of these is soil. One of DeepRoot’s favorite industry leaders and researchers of healthy soil and effective horticulture is Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott. Dr. Chalker-Scott is an Extension Urban Horticulturist… More

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Boise: City of Trees Rooted in Silva Cells

– Boise, Idaho has streets lined with trees that account for over 30 Silva Cell projects.  A total of 450 trees, 225,000 ft3of soil volume, and over 10,000 Silva Cells make up Boise’s urban landscape. – Seven years of partnerships between nonprofits, city councils, industry leaders have created a cohesive process for using suspended pavement… More

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Tree Roots Improve Soil Infiltration Rates

As discussed in previous blogs, tree and soil provide stormwater benefits in many different ways: Cleansing:  Trees clean stormwater through many different mechanisms, including filtration, adsorption, and plant uptake. Interception: Interception is the amount of rainfall temporarily held on tree leaves and stem surfaces. This rain then drips from leaf surfaces and flows down the… More

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Trees at 400 Record St. Dallas Texas: Silva Cell Case Study

– 14 Bald Cypress’ extend shade from beyond 400 Record to the street in Dallas, Texas. – Dallas, Texas Urban Tree Canopy is around 29%, but equal distribution is lacking – Silva Cells add a total of 7,820ft³ (221m³) of soil, tapping into the trees at 400 Record’s longevity and sustainability In 2016, the 40-year-old… More

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Trees at 400 Record St. Dallas Texas: Silva Cell Case Study

– 14 Bald Cypress’ extend shade from beyond 400 Record to the street in Dallas, Texas. – Dallas, Texas Urban Tree Canopy is around 29%, but equal distribution is lacking – Silva Cells add a total of 7,820ft³ (221m³) of soil, tapping into the trees at 400 Record’s longevity and sustainability In 2016, the 40-year-old… More

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How Does Soil Differ Across Earth’s Biomes?

Ecologists group large geographic regions with similar environments and distinctive plant and animal communities into biomes. The environmental factors influencing biomes include latitude, the general climate and topography of the region, and soil. Soil is the foundation of every terrestrial ecosystem. Each biome has soils with characteristics unique to it. 

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The Most Important Factor for Growing Healthy Trees

Many factors affect tree health. Are they all equally important or are some more important than others? According to Kim Coder, PhD, Professor of Tree Biology & Health Care at the University of Georgia, soil compaction is by far the biggest constraint on tree growth. In a 2007 paper, he wrote, “Soil compaction is the most… More

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