When to Plant a New Tree after Stump Removal
Cutting down a dying tree is always a sad occasion. They make our yards beautiful and are an important part of Earth’s ecosystem. That being said, when one tree has to come down, it’s also a great opportunity to give a new tree a chance to grow and flourish.
We at All Season Tree Service offer stump grinding and stump removal services in the Edmonton area. We also have experts that can give you great advice when it comes to planting a new tree to replace the one you’ve lost. How you should proceed will obviously depend on your situation—what kind of tree you had in your yard, what kind of tree you’d like to replace it with, etc.—but we’d like to offer some general points you should consider when thinking of planting a new tree.
What happens in my yard after a stump removal?
As any plant enthusiast knows, the tree that lives above ground isn’t the whole story. There is also a large network of roots that are hidden below the ground. For most trees, these roots generally remain a few feet from the surface of the ground, spreading out in all directions from the base of the tree. Even if you’ve already had experts do a stump grinding or removal on your tree, the roots will remain below the ground. Unless your friendly Edmonton arborists dug up your yard and removed all the roots, those roots will decompose where they are.
Once the root system begins to decompose two important things will happen: the roots will disintegrate, leaving holes in the shape of the root system, and a lot of bacteria and other living creatures will swoop in to take advantage of the nutrients left by the decaying roots. Because of this change in the composition of your soil, you may want to give some consideration to when and where you plant your new tree.
What should I consider before planting a new tree?
Exactly how you proceed will, again, depend on what trees you’re dealing with. If an expert from All Season Tree Service handled your stump grinding or removal, he or she will be able to give you more precise advice about what kind of tree survives best in the Edmonton area and where you should place it. As a general rule, however, you should wait at least a year after your old tree has come down before planting a new one on exactly the same spot. Alternatively, if you’re interested in planting immediately, you should pick a spot at least five feet away from the site of the old tree.
Whatever you’d like to do with your yard, we at All Season Tree Service can help. Our friendly local arborists are ready to help you with any of your tree and shrub needs. We provide stump grinding and stump removal services, as well as tree shaping and pruning.
Contact us today to find out how you can improve the health and beauty of your yard, any season of the year!