​Once a tree is removed from your backyard, it may leave behind space. A great idea to fill this space is by planting a new tree as a symbol of beginning.

Be careful though; you have to watch out for any signs of disease or insects that the old tree has left behind to avoid cutting down the new one.

Here are a few tips for planting a new tree.

Clear the Stump

When a tree is removed, it leaves behind the bottom part projecting from the ground; this is called a stump. As they decay stumps consume nitrogen from the soil, thus increasing the acidity and affecting its nutrient balance. Other than this here are more reasons to get rid of the stump:

  • Unappealing – If you’re landscaping your garden and concerned about how it looks, removing the stump is a top priority
  • Unwanted Tree Growth – Leaving a stump where it is will cause random sprouts to pop up. These sprouts will grow up into unwanted trees that will steal nutrients from other surrounding plants.
  • Attracts Disease and Insects – Stumps rot and insects see this as a perfect nest to settle in. These insects are possibly carrying different types of disease, and a stump is an ideal breeding ground for them.
  • Prone to Accidents – Someone can trip on the stump, or it can accidentally damage the lawn mower.

To ensure the health of a new tree, clean out whatever the old one has left behind like stumps, sawdust, and roots that will hinder growth.

What Tree to Plant

If a disease was the cause of why the old tree was removed, the pathogen could still be lurking in the soil. This could lead to replant disease, also known as “sick soil syndrome.”  Trees susceptible to this issue include:

  • Cherry
  • Citrus
  • Apple
  • Pine
  • Pear
  • Spruce

To avoid the disease, make sure to remove the entire tree and replace the old soil with fresh soil. Sterilizing the garden tools that came in contact with the infected tree should also be done.

Choosing a type of tree species that is resilient is a good idea if you want your new tree to Iive for a long time. Here is a list of a few examples:

  • Star Acacia
  • Red Flowering Gum
  • Macedonian Pine
  • Mom dell Pine
  • Chilean Wine Palm

Always consider the kind of climate around your area when choosing what tree you want to plant. For example, tropical trees won’t grow well in a cold environment, and vice versa. If you live somewhere in Atlanta, buying a tree that can withstand a temperature of 10 degrees and below would be a good choice.

If it tempts you to replant because you lost a tree to disease or because of decay, it is best to prepare the planting site for a year to give the roots time to decompose.

Tree removal companies, like Green Bay Tree Service, have trained their technicians to remove trees safely. They protect the health of your property while preserving the tree.  We have experience handling local tree issues for almost 20 years, and we can help find the solution best for you – whether you want a tree removed, disease management, or tree trimming services.  Call us at 920-212-4460 or contact us here for a free quote.

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