Planting new grass over ground tree stump

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Planting new grass over ground tree stump

Postby susanmkeller » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:54 am

Mark,

I had a huge dead tree removed from the front lawn in Nov. 2010. I had the stump ground down and the area is about 9x9 ft. How do I go about planting new grass over this site? Do I have to dig out the sawdust and replace it with top soil ,or mix top soil with the saw dust, or even use sod? I would like your opinion.
Thanks, Sue
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Re: Planting new grass over ground tree stump

Postby gerrycoggin » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:37 pm

You can leave the sawdust as long as the tree was not a black walnut. I would mix the sawdust with top soil (50:50 or even a higher ratio of top soil) and then reseed the grass. You could use sod if you'd like to establish the lawn faster. The presence of the ground stump can create ideal conditions for a fairy ring or other mushrooms to develop. This possibility can be reduced by maintaining moisture and regular applications of low rates of nitrogen.
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