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I live in Upper Montgomery County, Maryland. I would like to put down sod and...

I live in Upper Montgomery County, Maryland. I would like to put down sod and plant a service berry tree. I have a very small yard with direct sun light and good drainage. Someone from the extension program already said a service berry should do well but, may be prone to disease. Another option might be a fringe tree. I plan to go with the service berry since it is the tree that I really love. Also, a previous owner had planted a Japanese maple over the stump of another tree in my yard. I don't know what type of tree it was. Nevertheless, the stump is now decaying and the ground is sinking. The Japanese maple never really did well in that spot. I think because of the stump. The Japanese maple was also damage in the snow storm we had a couple of years ago. So, I cut that to a stump. It sprouted new branches and looks like a bush in the yard when in bloom/has leaves. However, in August when it's really hot the leaves get white ashy spots on them. I plan to get rid of both stumps during the next month and want to re-landscape my yard. I want to put down sod and plant a service berry tree where the stumps are now. My questions are.... 1. How long do I need to wait to plant a new tree where the old stumps are. 2. Should the stumps be ground up or pulled out? How will each of these methods effect the ground? Will there be more sinking? How do I ensure a level surface? 3. Should I test the soil? If so, how do I get a kit/find a lab? The tutorial on this site only demonstrates how to take the sample. 4. What types of grass grow best in my area? When would be the best time to lay the sod before spring time ends or in the fall? 5. I have an under ground drain pipe (the black kind) attached to the down spout of my gutter system to move the water way from my house. It sticks up above ground in spots. How deep can this be buried? I don't want it to show when I put down the new sod.

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