Stump removal services leave your property clear and tidy, often solving a lingering problem and improving the space. But taking out an old stump also provides an opportunity to create something new in your lawn or garden. How do you plant a new tree after stump removal and what type of conditions should you try to avoid? Help to make your yard look even better with these tips.
Clean Up Well
Stump grinding equipment creates a fair amount of sawdust and wood chips. Although this organic material will break down over time and add important nutrients to the soil, removing some of it and balancing the mixture with new soil helps to provide optimum growing conditions for your new tree. Consider using the ground wood as mulch in other areas of your property. And remember to mound the new soil mixture before planting, as the dirt and chips will settle over time.
Remember Your Roots
Roots remain even after the grinder has reduced the stump to a pile of sawdust. This can present a serious obstruction to growth for any new trees. Some horticultural experts suggest planting new trees no sooner than one year after removing an established tree. On the other hand, some energetic property owners might want to sift through the surrounding soil to remove a majority of the roots. Dig up around the planting area and assess conditions. If roots take up more room than healthy soil, wait a year or so for decomposition. If you feel like the new tree’s roots have the room to grow, get planting.
Shop for trees significantly smaller than the removed stump in order to provide plenty of room for growth. This provides some greenery and beauty now without sacrificing tree health and allowing for a lush landscape in the future. Talk to your local plant or tree specialist about species that will thrive in your yard and ask about younger trees available.
With a little bit of planning and shopping around you can enjoy planting a new tree after stump removal.