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Deep-planting techniques to establish riparian vegetation in arid and semiarid regions
- Dreesen, David R., Fenchel, Gregory A.
- Native plants journal 2010 v.11 no.1 pp. 15
- plant communities, riparian areas, plant establishment, planting, depth, plant cuttings, groundwater, arid zones, semiarid zones, dry environmental conditions, root crown, nursery stock, indigenous species, trees, shrubs, woody plants, stems, Southwestern United States
- Invasion by exotic woody species and disruption of natural hydrologic conditions require the restoration of native riparian plant communities along rivers and streams in the Southwest. Successful establishment of phreatophytic riparian plant species has been accomplished using deep-planting techniques that involve the immediate exploitation of capillary fringe moisture by the existing root system of nursery stock or the adventitious root system of a cutting. These techniques, which require minimal or no post-planting irrigation in arid and semiarid regions, include the planting of dormant pole cuttings, dormant whip cuttings, tallpots with long root systems, as well as long-stem nursery stock whose root crowns are deeply buried.