The 3 Best Ways to Replace a Tree Stump

You have an image of your ideal home and your yard plays a significant role in completing that image. After all, when your yard seems to be missing that “special something that makes it feel complete, it’s noticeable. Just like the canvas of any other work of art, your yard needs to be utilized to its fullest potential. This is especially important following the removal of a tree stump from your yard (check out our previous post on The 3 Best Ways to Remove a Stump!)

Why? Because, if you’ve already gone through the stress and labor of removing a tree stump from your yard, shouldn’t you have something more to show for it than just an empty hole in your yard? We believe so. That’s why it’s important to find a way to replace a tree stump and, ideally, find a replacement that makes your yard even more beautiful than it was before.

For most people, planting grass, flowers, or even a new tree are among the best decisions you can make in replacing a tree stump. Deciding which of these is the best option for your specific yard, however, requires some careful planning and attention. Here are some considerations to make when replacing a tree stump in your yard.

Replacing a Tree Stump with Grass

While easily overlooked, the grass in your yard puts in a lot of work. Grass is a great way to absorb water and runoff, aid in reducing carbon dioxide, and even cut down on noise pollution around your home. But, when it comes to replacing a tree stump, grass is perhaps the most obvious way of making your yard appear “complete” again.

When it comes to replacing a tree stump with grass, there are some special steps you will need to take in addition to just planting seeds.

  • Remove any remaining portions of your tree stump, including its roots and any sawdust that may have resulted from the original removal process. Leaving some sawdust mixed into your soil is OK, but a minimal amount is ideal.
  • Ensure that your soil has an adequate amount of nitrogen. Adding a nitrogen-rich fertilizer to topsoil that has been stripped of any remaining root will allow grass to grow at its optimal rate.
  • Ensure that your soil has a pH level of 7.0. As soil is able to best release nitrogen when it has a neutral pH level, this will ensure that your grass is receiving the nutrient it needs. Lime can be used to raise the pH level of your soil and sulfur can be used to lower its pH level as necessary.

Pay attention to these details as you put new grass seed down and you’ll be well on your way to a yard that’s complete with a lush, deep-green look again.

Replacing a Tree Stump with Flowers

For those looking to add a splash of color to their yard, consider replacing your tree stump with annuals or perennials. Bachelor Buttons, Blanket Flower, and Cosmos are all annual flowers that are known for thriving in less than ideal conditions and are safe choices for when you want to plan in a spot that was previously home to a stump. The Lenten Rose, Gaillardia Fanfare, and Black Jack Sedum are also options if you prefer perennials.

Similar to grass, you will still need to walk through the steps of removing any remaining root from your soil, ensuring the proper level of nutrients, and applying proper amounts of fertilizer if necessary. Deep tilling your soil before planting and taking steps to ensure proper drainage will also help you see success.

Replacing a Tree Stump with a New Tree

Of course, it goes without saying that one the best ways to replace the aesthetic value and natural benefits that your bygone tree once provided is by replacing it with a new tree.

Like with grass and flowers, you will need to pay attention to the amount of tree root remaining in your soil as well as the nitrogen and pH levels of your soil. But, unlike the former options, there are some additional factors you will need to consider.

First and foremost, it’s important that you understand that planting a tree immediately in the same spot as your previous one will not provide your new addition with all of the resources it will need to grow properly. While this is true for both grass and flowers, the resources necessary to grow a healthy tree are significantly more demanding. The more time you can give microorganisms to prepare adequate soil for you, the better your results will be.

It’s also important to choose a location that is slightly distant from the site of your former stump, preferably at least five feet away. If you are certain that you would prefer to plant a tree in the same spot, however, consider delaying the replacement as long as you can allow. Aside from poor mineral quality, there is often a cavity left behind after a stump is removed that would prevent the roots of a new tree from securely taking hold. Simply stated, your new tree would like structural stability it needs if the soil is not right.

While this route requires significantly more planning and patience, it can be done. Thankfully, you can also choose to hire an expert to install a tree for you so you can rest assured that your new tree is healthy and secure for years to come. For those looking for a stump replacement option that will add the most value to your property over its lifetime, replacing your stump with a new tree is the best choice.

Make Your Yard Complete

At Merriman Tree & Stump, we offer a comprehensive array of year-round tree care services. We have helped hundreds of Greater Cincinnati homeowners remove their tree stumps and replace them with new, healthy trees. Our friendly, experienced team of tree care professionals can help you, too. Call us at (513) 232-4822 with details about your project and we will provide you with a free quote for our tree care solutions. With Merriman on the job, you can sit back, relax, and start looking forward to your new tree!