planting distance

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planting distance

Postby bpyler » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:41 am

Recently I had a large maple tree, with a remaining 2.5 foot diameter stump, cut down due to the damage leftover from last Fall's storms in North New Jersey. I am planing on having the stump ground out this Summer. A local nurseryman told me that I cannot plant anouther tree with in a 15 foot radius of the old tree, due to the old root system. Essentially indicating that the old root system would strangel the new tree's growth potential. What are your thoughts? Thank you
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Re: planting distance

Postby lorijones » Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:16 pm

I asked Mark Viette about this and he says he has never heard of this happening. If the stump is ground, the roots will eventually rot out. When you plant the new tree, you can just cut or pull out the old maple roots. If you plant it near where the old stump was ground, dig out as many of the chips as you can and fill in with top soil. When you plant your new tree, you should dig the planting hole at least 3 times as wide as the root ball and about as deep. When you do this, there shouldn't be any of the old roots near the new root system. Here is a tip for planting trees:
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