Urban Landscape Planning and Soil Variation in Nigeria: Lokoja as a Case Study
The legacies of the colonial masters of a well landscaped environment have been left to rot due to negligence and increase need for urban land for anthropogenic activities. This had led to recent attempts of revival by the government through tree planting campaigns, which have not yielded desired result. Soil factor have been found to be neglected in landscaping the urban environment, this have been attributed to failure of landscaping attempts in the study area. This research attempted to find the relationship between the vegetation species distribution and soil physical properties with use of spearman’s correlation coefficient. The findings show that relationship between vegetation species distribution and soil physical properties are not significant, this may mean that there are other factors that must be considered in determining why certain species of plant thrive in certain areas than the other.
Key words: Soil degradation; Colonial legacies; Landscaping; Vegetation species
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