Soils for Landscape Development

Selection, Specification and Validation

July 2014
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    8th July 2014
  • ISBN 9780643109643
  • Language English
  • Pages 188 pp.
  • Size 6.625" x 9.625"
  • Images 32 illus & color photos

Soils for Landscape Development provides a clear, practical and systematic template for specifying landscape soils based on scientific criteria. The soil specifications provide essential information and a universally applicable method for landscape architects and designers, specification writers, landscape contractors and soil supply companies to ensure quality and fit-for-purpose soils. A strong emphasis is placed on reducing environmental impacts by reuse of on-site soil, promoting appropriate minimal soil intervention, and using recycled products.


* A ready reference to landscape soils to inform and promote sound reasoning for client understanding and satisfaction.

*The Soil Approach Method which promotes consideration of existing site resources and outlines steps to take to minimize costs through soil reuse and to use site soil analysis and edaphic considerations to inform and promote sustainable design.

*A Site Soil Characterization and Investigation Specification providing a method by which site-won soils should be characterized and can then be used to form part of the performance specification.

*Performance Based Specifications - where a compulsory specification is given outlining the ranges of physical and chemical properties essential for the performance criteria to meet the landscape treatment.

*A set of Design Drivers to improve the adaptation of landscape to place and hence success rates and provide optimum landscape performance.

*Verification and Quality Assurance Specification– steps and guidelines to enable clear, standard industry accepted processes over the quality of the product, certification requirements, construction process, and correct supply of specified landscape soils.

Design development process and the soil approach
Understanding soils for landscape developments
Creating landscape soils
Guidance to using the soil performance specifications
The performance specifications
Site investigation/analysis
Preparatory soil works
Soils for turf and lawns
Soils for gardens and mass planting
On slab media
Specialist soils
Implementation specifications
Appendix A: technical
Appendix B: forms and templates
Appendix C: soil rooting volumes

Simon Leake

Simon Leake is a soil scientist and Director of SESL Australia. He has over 30 years of experience in the analysis, diagnosis, specification and quality assurance of agricultural soils and landscape soil media and has been lecturing and writing in the soil sciences for amenity and environmental horticulture for over 25 years.

Elke Haege

Elke Haege is an award winning landscape architect and consulting arborist who is dedicated to the development of and sustainable connection to natural systems.