What will grow over an old pine stump

KatHelmsFebruary 20, 2012

I just cut down a number of large white pine trees in my back yard. A couple of them had huge above grade roots, and I don't want to try and pay for stump removal or grinding.

So I started thinking, they are in great spot - now that there's no shade there - to mound up some soil and put in a big circular bed.

But I am wondering if the acidity in the soil or the decomposing stump/roots would be detrimental to certain plants, or if I could plant things as I normally would.

Any thoughts? I was thinking of annuals or vegetables, no shrubs or woody plants. It probably would be at least a 20ft diameter mound, which is pretty large. But I'm just trying to brainstorm at this point!

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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

You should be able to mound soil and plant over it. Pine especially decomposes quickly. I would not expect any problems from the stumps, but the soil might be rather depleted from having a big tree there. So how about putting a thick layer of manure or compost down first, then topsoil. No need to rototill, the worms will move it around.

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