We recently had a tree cut down in our front lawn, and there is a very short stump left.
I'm hearing that the best thing to do is to pay someone to remove it, as if we leave it there it will interfere with anything else growing. We could pay someone to grind it, but they will leave the grindings and roots in the ground and as they rot they deplete the nitrogen from the soil, making it difficult to grow anything else.
According to the permit that we obtained to cut the tree down, we are supposed to plant a new tree in its place! Not that we really want to do that. There does not seem to be a time limit and we are in no rush. However, I don't want to buy a tree and then have it die. (Nor do I want a large tree. The tree is too close to our house and our neighbor's driveway.)
I would appreciate feedback both on rotting out tree stumps without using fertilizer, and planting slow growing or small trees.
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