I had a 20 yr old oak tree

Dale N.
by Dale N.
I had it taken out. The stump was ground down and now the grass is not growing there. I put some top soil on the spot and was told the st Augustine grass would take over. Well, grass has grown everywhere but where the tree was. Why?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 28, 2018
    Did you use starter fertilizer?

  • Until the stump completely decomposes nothing will grow there. It just takes time. Be patient.

  • Dale N. Dale N. on Jun 28, 2018
    Used fertilizer, yes. Need to do something with that spot. Any ideas what I can put there? Dead center in my front yard! Horrible.

  • You say it is dead center of your yard. That would be a good spot to make a raised bed decorative location. You've got to get above the roots of the tree that you bought down. Nothing is going to grow there as it stands now. Build you a nice flower box and raise it up from the ground about 12 inches or more and you will have a beautiful centerpiece for your yard.

  • Mindshift Mindshift on Jun 28, 2018
    My mother had to have a large diseased elm removed from her yard. She opted not to grind down the stump as it would have destroyed the garden bed around it. She just had the stump cut level and put a large clay planter on top of it. This lasted for 3 years before the center of the stump rotted and was no longer usable as a base for the planter. I dug out the rotted center, filled it with soil and planted flowers directly in the stump. Everyone who saw it, both with planter and after, thought it was charming. Your oak may take much longer to rot, so try something similar.
    You could put down a 16" or larger square concrete paver as a base, if needed, for a birdbath or a fountain. If you have more bare ground to cover surround that with planters of summer annuals. As long as the planters match each other the entire assembly will work.