We lost two huge pine trees growing close together last fall in a storm. We...

Asked April 11, 2015, 7:12 PM EDT

We lost two huge pine trees growing close together last fall in a storm. We got the trees removed and stumps ground before winter. Now we wonder what we can plant in this area. Can we plant grass? What kind of tree can be planted in this area? The downed trees were healthy. Thank you!

Pine County Minnesota

1 Response

You can plant grass in this area. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/turfgrass/establishment/

A soil test will help you know your current soil conditions. http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/

It is important to select new trees that are adapted to your growing conditions and site. The following are some factors that you should consider before selecting the new tree. It is best you plant the new tree is in a hole that is dug at least 10 feet from the former site.

  1. Mature Height. Will the tree grow into anything when it is fully grown?
  2. Canopy spread. How wide will the tree grow?
  3. Is the tree deciduous or coniferous?
  4. Form or shape. A columnar tree will grow in less space. Round and V-Shaped species provide the most shade.
  5. Growth rate. How long will it take for your tree to reach its full height? Slow growing species typically live longer than fast growing species.
  6. Soil, sun, and moisture requirements.
  7. Fruit.
  8. Hardiness zone indicates the temperature extremes in which a tree can be expected to grow. Pine County is in plant Hardiness zone 3. Select trees that are adapted to our cold climate.

9. Insect and disease problems.