Maple tree stump

Asked August 16, 2017, 2:30 PM EDT

Had a maple trimmed and a large limb removed years ago? Had to have it cut down last fall. Limb cavity was filled with carpenter ants and the tree did not look in good condition. When the stump is removed, what is the best way to fill the hole so eventually my yard will be consistent with the other grassy areas?

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

You probably will have the stump ground out. When that happens a lot of wood shavings and chips remain in the soil. As they decompose, they use up nitrogen. It probably would be best to fill the hole with compost, but mix it well with your native soil. The compost is organic and should help balance the nitrogen use. A good Sun/Shade mix of grass seed will give you the broadest diversity of seed types. If you have pure Bluegrass use that seed. Otherwise it is best to use a mix. That is what seeded and sodded yards are.