The comparison of soil moisture content changes in the moorsh layer under shrubs and grass vegetation
¹ Department of Environmental Improvement, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), ul.Nowoursynowska 159, 02-776 Warsaw, Poland;e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
² Institute for Land Reclamation and Grassland Farming,Biebrza Experimental Station, 19-200 Grajewo, Poland
The objective of the research was to compare the soil moisture content changes in the top moorsh layer (0–25 cm) covered by shrubs and grass vegetation under the same groundwater level and climatic conditions. The measurements of soil moisture content values for both sites under different vegetation were performed using the TDR method. The values of soil moisture content for shrubs ranged from 49.7% vol. to 14.4% vol. For grassland the values of moisture content ranged from 58.9% vol. to 24.9% vol. The analysis of soil moisture content values showed that it was lower by about 10% vol. under shrubs in comparison with grass vegetation under the same climatic and water table conditions.