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Asa L. Aradottir Turf transplants for restoration of alpine vegetation: does size matter? Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Version of Record online: 9 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02123.x

Optimum turf size for the restoration of native species varied among functional groups of plants and decreased as follows: evergreen dwarf-shrubs > deciduous dwarf-shrubs > sedges > grasses > mosses. Turfs that are at least 20–30 cm in diameter may be needed for the transplantation of dwarf-shrubs, while turfs as small as 5 cm in diameter can be used to establish many grass species. Even smaller units can be used to facilitate moss colonization. Turfs that are salvaged from development projects can be a valuable source of native species for use in restoration schemes. Turf size for transplanting should be selected with regard to donor vegetation, growth form and abundance of the target species.

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