What will grow?

Asked March 18, 2016, 7:11 PM EDT

Hi I have an area of my yard where 2 pine trees once stood. They were cut down and I would like to grow something in that spot. I am worried that the soil may not be good because of the pine trees. Is there something I can test for or do to the soil to amend it? The area gets full sun. Thanks!!

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

You did not mention why the pine trees declined. There could be many reasons such as drought, poor drainage, soil compaction, etc. The soil should not be an issue. If you want to plant in the same area it would be good to have your soil tested. Results give pH, liming, and nutrient deficiencies. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/soils/soil-testing
You did not mention if the stumps and tree roots were ground out. If not you may need to plant at least 3 feet from the old stumps.
See our website for planting trees and shrubs. You will have to match the plants to the site including mature height and width. See our website for planting information and care http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/trees-and-shrubs/selection-purchasing-planting-and-care