Tree Planting

Asked November 2, 2016, 11:29 AM EDT

Can I plant a tree in the exact same place where there has already been a birch tree? The stump will be ground down 14 inches into to the ground. I plan on planting a maple of some type. Thank you. Tom Thury Sr.

Dakota County Minnesota

1 Response

Depending on the size of the previous tree, size of the root system remaining, and soil type, the University of Minnesota recommends planting 6-8 feet away from the site of the previous tree. Grinding the stump down will help, but there is still the remainder of the old root system that a new tree needs to compete with for space (not to mention for you as you dig a large enough hole to plant a new tree in). There is also some competition with the nitrogen needs of the organisms decomposing what remains of the previous tree. Another consideration is whether or not your previous tree suffered from disease and if your new tree is susceptible. See below for some additional information on this topic as well as a reference for planting of trees.