- You don’t have to plant a tree in the same place as the original. We know, it’s difficult to imagine a tree in any other place than where your original tree was, but after removing the tree and grinding out the stump, there will still be a large amount of roots which take a long time to decompose. This will make the planting of a new tree nearly impossible, and it is not ideal for the new tree’s roots. Consider a different place for the new tree, or plant it at least 6’ away from the old tree’s stump. If the original tree was young or small, you may be able to plant a nice new one in the same spot.
- You don’t have to choose a super-fast growing tree as replacement. One thing we hear all the time is, “We lost a tree, but we are getting up there in age and don’t have the time to wait for something to grow.” We hate to burst your bubble, but there isn’t going to be a magical tree that becomes full grown in a matter of a few years. Obviously faster growing trees grow faster, but asking if they will be fifty feet tall in a couple of years is unrealistic. Even though fast growing trees have their place, they may not be the best choice for all locations.
- You can view the loss as a new opportunity. The glass is always halfway full, right? The tree is gone, so now you can finally get that turfgrass established where it was once too shady. Who knows, that new sunny area could be all the inspiration you need to install a beautiful new sun-garden.
The good news behind all of this is that we are here to help, if you bring in pictures to us, or email us questions or concerns about your tree or shrub, we will do our best to make sure those issues get resolved, and that you end up with a happy tree!
Horticulturist, Bentley Ridge Tree Farm