Articles | Volume 1, issue 2
SOIL, 1, 621–629, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-1-621-2015
SOIL, 1, 621–629, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-1-621-2015

Original research article 16 Sep 2015

Original research article | 16 Sep 2015

Soil biochemical properties in brown and gray mine soils with and without hydroseeding

C. Thomas et al.

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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (03 Sep 2015) by Eric C. Brevik(Executive Editor)
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Surface coal mining disrupts large areas of land and eliminates valuable hardwood forests. Restoring the land to a sustainable forest ecosystem with suitable soils is the goal of reclamation. Soil microbial activity is an indicator of restoration success. We found hydroseeding with herbaceous forage species and fertilization doubled tree growth and microbial biomass carbon (an indicator of microbial activity) compared to non-hydroseed areas. Hydroseeding is an important component of reclamation.