Ground up stump debris

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Jackie Coffman's picture
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We recently had a large silver maple tree removed from the front yard. (april) We have removed most of the wood chip portion but cannot get all of it so what is left is a mound of small wood chip/dirt combo. I want to plant this but i have a few questions i hope you can help with.
Can i plant in the debris as is, and what plants would grow?
Does it need to compost/decay/rot and for how long?
Should i amend the debris with anything?
the area is in full sun 90%
Thanks for any help =)

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We've had good luck just

We've had good luck just mixing the wood chips with compost and letting it do it's thing. Our plants seem to like it. Also, a good way to remove stumps is to pour some sugar on them. Sounds crazy I know, but I tried it and the stump rots into nothing pretty quickly.

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I had the same situation back

I had the same situation back in 2007. We had a maple tree removed and the stump ground up in September of that year. I mounded all the stump debris and dirt up to create a raised bed. Since it was going into fall, I left the bed as is until the following spring. I didn't add anything at all to the bed and planted all of my southwest hummingbird plants in that bed in spring. Most of what is in the bed are Penstemons, Agastache, and Salvia. I also have a butterfly bush in the bed and some violas scattered throughout the bed. Since it is in full sun, I didn't want plants that had to be watered constantly and these plants need very little watering. I am in western NY in zone 6 with normally heavy clay soil but the tree debris has helped to break up the clay as it decays and add nutrients to the soil. Since I don't know where you are or your zone it is hard to say what to plant but I will suggest drought tolerant plants since it will be in full sun and if you have wildlife in the area such as deer, rabbits, etc. I would go with deer and rabbit resistant plants. The Penstemons, Agastaches and Salvias meet both of these criteria. If you are in a warmer zone I would also suggest Stachys Coccinea which is very drought tolerant. The more perennials the easier it will be to get it ready in the spring.
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