Garden Dictionary Word: basal area (alt. basal cover, alt. ground cover, alt. cover)
basal area (alt. basal cover, alt. ground cover, alt. cover)
1. The area of the cross section of a tree at a height of 4.5 feet above the ground, generally written as the total of the basal area of the trees in a forest in square feet per acre. 2. The surface of the soil actually covered by a plant, as compared to the full spread of the herbage, which in grassland ecology often measures at one inch above the ground.
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