I removed a dead ash tree. Can a new tree be planted in the same hole?

Asked July 1, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT

I removed a dead ash tree. Can a new tree be planted in the same hole?

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1 Response

I am assuming the emerald ash borer (EAB) killed your ash tree.

To answer your question: You can replant in the same hole, but you may not want to. The stem of the tree is gone and possibly the stump has been ground up, but many of the roots remain to decompose. A new tree in the old hole may develop problems from the breakdown of the old roots. I would replant another species of tree a minimum of 5 feet away from the old stump.