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Can You Plant a New Tree Where One Was Removed?

Can You Plant a New Tree Where One Was Removed?

Can You Plant a New Tree Where One Was Removed?. Removing a dead or sick tree on your property is often the safest decision when living in a densely-populated area. Replacing an old tree with a fresh one is exciting, but there are some important things to consider before planting.

Removing a dead or sick tree on your property is often the safest decision when living in a densely-populated area. Replacing an old tree with a fresh one is exciting, but there are some important things to consider before planting.
Size
Different trees grow to different sizes and shapes. Be sure you check with your local nursery and research the characteristics of your new tree. Make sure the tree doesn't grow into power lines, destroy a walkway or block an enjoyable view.
Safety
Before digging to remove the root system of the old tree, call 811 or (800) 482-7171 to locate any underground utility lines. Digging even the shallowest of holes can strike underground utility lines and cause a harmful or fatal accident.
Soil
When planting your new tree in the same place as the old one, be sure to completely remove the root system of the old tree and replace it with nutrient-rich, healthy soil.
Care
Proper watering can make the difference between life and death for a new tree. Be sure to understand the soil type and how much water your new tree requires.
Staking
Staking should be avoided because your tree will become stronger while left swaying in the wind. If staking is necessary, drive a 2-by-2 foot stake into the ground at a 45-degree angle into the prevailing winds and fasten the stake to the trunk about 10 inches from the ground.

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