Planting after a tree is removed

Asked June 28, 2017, 7:15 PM EDT

about 10 years ago, we had to remove a very large cottonwood tree. The stump was also ground out. When is it safe, it ever to plant another tree where that tree was growing? Also, we are just have to remove a River Birch (having the stump ground also). What, if anything, would be safe to plant where that was growing?

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

You can choose whatever type of tree that you would enjoy having in your yard. There has been more than enough time for the soil to settle where the cottonwood was. If you don't put a new tree in exactly the same spot but several feet away, you can plant near the spot where you removed the birch also. If the birch died from a disease or insect problem then I would choose something that isn't in the birch family. If not then again, choose something you like. Here is a link to info about choosing trees for your yard. .