Once the tree stump removal process is complete and the stump gets lugged away, you are left with a hole in your Tampa lawn. Regardless of whether the opening is large from a substantial oak, or small from a wispy fruit tree, it must be filled correctly before the area can be used for something new.
So, what are you supposed to do next?
REMOVE THE ROOTS
After tree stump removal, you may notice additional roots in the hole— get as many of them out as possible. Leaving the roots increases the time it takes for settling to occur in your Tampa lawn. Another unpleasant aspect is that once roots begin to decay, occasional mushroom growth will occur if the roots remain.
CLEAN THE HOLE
If the opening is not cleaned of any wood chips the tree stump removal left behind, take them out before doing anything else. If you leave them in the hole hoping that they will decompose and serve as fertilizer, they will, but it will take a long time. Wood chips require a lot of nitrogen to decompose and while the process is in motion, the area will be starved of nutrients, making it difficult for grass or anything else to grow well.
Once the opening is clear of debris, you can add large rocks before filling the hole— this isn’t a hard and fast rule, but some people in Tampa like to add rocks to help with settling. Insert the stones first, before the fill dirt.
FILL THE HOLE
Now the hole is ready for fill dirt. Fill it with non-enriched topsoil. Remember that settling will occur over time and when that happens, add more soil to the depression.
Planting New Grass. Planting grass right away is not the best idea. Give the area time to rest and allow the dirt to settle. Once that happens, add additional fill dirt, level the area with your lawn and plant away. Also note that it is not uncommon for the grass in this area to be a slightly different color than the rest of the lawn.
Planting a New Tree. If you wish to plant a new oak or pine in place of the old tree in your yard, consider that the root system from the old plant reaches beyond the hole. The old roots can take many years to decompose while interfering with the growth and health of your new tree. To avoid the root system, consider planting your new tree about five feet away.
DO YOU NEED TREE STUMP REMOVAL? CALL PAYNE’S ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES TODAY
Now that you know what to do with the hole, it’s time for tree stump removal! The crew at Payne’s Environmental Services are experts at removing stumps in Tampa. If you have a tree, stump, or root system to remove, give Payne’s Environmental Services a call at 813-512-8656. They will do it all!