Study

The development of soil physical properties and vegetation establishment on brownfield sites using manufactured soils

  • Published source details Sparke S., Putwain P. & Jones J. (2011) The development of soil physical properties and vegetation establishment on brownfield sites using manufactured soils. Ecological Engineering, 37, 1700-1708.

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Add fertilizer to soil before or after seeding/planting

Action Link
Grassland Conservation
  1. Add fertilizer to soil before or after seeding/planting

    A replicated, controlled study in 2007–2008 in a landfill site and on the site of a former factory in north-west England, UK (Sparke et al. 2011) found that adding compost before sowing seeds increased vegetation cover compared to sowing without compost. No statistical analyses were carried out in this study. Vegetation cover was higher in areas where compost was added and seeds were sown (22–100%) than in areas where seeds were sown but no compost was added (8–92%). In May 2007, three blocks, containing fifteen 5 × 5 m plots, were established at each site. In each block, compost was added to soil in nine plots and no compost was added to soil in six plots. Wildflower seeds were sown in all plots at a rate of 4 g/m2. In April, July, August, September and October 2007, vegetation cover was estimated in two 1 × 1 m quadrats/plot.

    (Summarised by: Philip Martin)

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