I just had my gardener remove an old rose O' Sharon tree that resided in a...

Asked November 16, 2014, 2:21 PM EST

I just had my gardener remove an old rose O' Sharon tree that resided in a dirt plot in the corner of my patio. He removed the root and removed all of the soil to a depth of 2 1/2 -3 ', and replaced it with 20 pounds of top soil. He then planted a Red D'Anjou Pear tree. Was this a good way to get rid of any potential soil that could have lead in it?

Kings County New York

1 Response

Please take a look at the following Extension publication on Lead in Soils: https://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG18_Lead_in_Garden...
It sounds as if you have replaced all or most of your soil, and as most of the concern is with tracking leaded soil into your home it seems that you have very reduced risk for this.
If you still feel concerned, you can have a soil analysis done to test for lead and nutrients.
Here is our soil testing information, including a chart which lists labs which can conduct the testing for you: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/soils/soil-testing
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