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Subject: tree planting in south florida
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: iggypagowa-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 10 Nov 2005 04:48 PST
Expires: 10 Dec 2005 04:48 PST
Question ID: 591379
We recently had a large uprooted tree removed and the stump ground. 
Do we need to wait a while before replanting?  If so, how long?

Request for Question Clarification by digsalot-ga on 10 Nov 2005 07:02 PST
What kind of tree was removed?  Some species leave chemical residue
that require a wait period before something else can be planted, (
some types of pine, for example ) some other varieties can be planted
over immediately.

When the stump was ground, was the material left in place or removed? 
Do you want to replace the lost tree with the same variety.  A lot of
variables here.

Subject: Re: tree planting in south florida
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 10 Nov 2005 07:39 PST
Hi iggypagowa,

Thank you for your question.

Yes, you can replant right away as long as you've removed all the
chippings and till and fill the hole with fresh topsoil.

"The decomposition of chippings in garden soil causes microbes to
absorb nitrogen and upset the ph balance

If the stump was larger and you intend to replant, all the chippings
need removing and the hole needs filling with fresh topsoil. Fresh
chippings used as mulch around annuals and perennials will probably
kill them."

Stump Busters - Frequently Asked Questions


University of California Cooperative Extension - Master Gardner

The World of Trees by Michelle Le Strange, Master Gardener Advisor

Replanting New Trees into Old Tree Sites

"When a large dead tree is removed from your property, usually a stump
grinder is brought in to gobble up as many roots as possible. The
question that often arises is: "Can I replant directly into that area?

First, it is better if the old stump is entirely removed, not just
ground down six inches or so as is sometimes the case. Root decay is a
slow process and wood rotting fungi and mushrooms will be popping up
all over your landscape for many years. Also it is best to remove most
of the soil/sawdust mixture and replace it with new topsoil
appropriate for the tree you intend to plant. Cellulose in sawdust and
wood chips will rob your soil of nitrogen as it is broken down by
naturally occurring soil bacteria. Add the sawdust mixture to the
compost pile or mix it with a larger mix of other organic materials to
lessen its concentration."


KTVI FOX 2 - Home Garden


"So instead, have the tree service grind it out least 20 inches deep
(if you want to plant a new tree in the same spot.) Dan Christie from
Metropolitan Forestry said, "You'll see when the stump is ground out.
It's ground up into chips and then you can remove those, put the
topsoil back in and plant a tree right back in the same spot." Tree
services take all those chips and recycle them into mulch so they can
be used again."


"Once the stump grinding is complete, you can remove the grindings and
replant a new tree or now use the area for almost anything.
How do I clean up this mess? Distinctive Tree Care can remove your
grindings fast with a Bobcat loader. Where can the grindings go? Two
options: ? Removal off the property. We have the equipment to haul the
grindings away! ? Recycle or reuse the grindings on the property for

Once the grindings are removed Distinctive Tree Care can bring in new
topsoil, level and grade the area, and finally seed or install sod in
the area. A new tree or planting can also be created in this area.
In some cases Distinctive Tree Care can remove a tree, stump and put
in new lawn in just one day!"


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