Pine tree stump, new tree?

kimber-beeSeptember 4, 2011

We live in East Texas (7b) and purchased a home with a pine tree stump surrounded by azaleas in a formal bed. I would love to have the stump ground up and plant a live oak or maple that will provide beautiful colors in the fall. The area can support a large tree. I'm unsure how long ago or why the previous tree died. The stump is not rotting much and is about 2ft wide in diameter. Can I have the stump ground up and place a tree in the same area? If so, with what should I amend the soil? Any suggestions on type of trees that grow native to Texas. I'm a Louisiana girl and would love a live oak to go with my colonial style home, but I know it won't grow as large as I'm used to in south Louisiana. I would also prefer something that would tolerate our dryer summers.

Thanks for any suggestions!!

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ExoticRGVNativesTy(10a TX)

It should be possible to plant a new tree by grinding up the stump and removing as many of its roots as possible. Live Oaks and Red Maples are both native to East Texas and would be good choices for the spot you describe. The soil is most likely sandy and will be enriched with organic matter once you grind up the stump, but you could always add more compost.

Ty

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