1. We need to have a large oak tree cut down. this tree is elevated about 2...

Asked May 26, 2015, 11:36 AM EDT

1. We need to have a large oak tree cut down. this tree is elevated about 2 1/2 ft. with a stone wall around it. We have an estimate from Rainbow Tree Care and is very high. Can you recommend another. Company which could accommodate removing a tree of this size. (They will be using a crane). 2. They have told us they will grind the stump down 14 inches into the soil and that another tree can then be planted in the same spot. Do you see any problems for that new tree.

Anoka County Minnesota

1 Response

I am sorry, eXtension does not keep lists of tree companies. It is always best to get at least 3 bids and work with companies that are bonded and insured.
The problems with putting in a new tree where the old one was removed are as the sawdust from the old tree breaks down, all the nitrogen in the soil will be tired up and unavailable for the new tree, the site has been depleted in minerals that the new tree may need, and air pockets created by rotting roots can cause problems for the establishment of roots. Without soil contact roots cannot take up water and minerals. Grinding the stump down 14 inches and removing the sawdust will probably be sufficient to give the new tree a good chance at thriving.