Planting new trees near a freshly cut trunk
I just had a hedge of 30 year old Cali pepper trees cut to make way for some fruit trees. The trees were along a block wall. I just planted a pakistan and white mulberry tree 10' apart.
After hours of digging two 2' diameter holes and removing all the roots to a depth of 18", I planted them on a slight mound.
Question is, the surrounding area is still riddled with tons of roots, both big and small. Will this slow the growth of the new trees? Won't it take years for the 1' diameter trunks to rot?