If you recently had a tree removed from your property and it’s stump ground down, this information may prove beneficial to you. Please find a few steps listed below that will ensure a successful lawn repair.
1). Be sure that any/all tree stump and large roots (above and below grade) get mechanically ground out via stump grinder. Usually a stump grinding depth of 12″+/- (below final grade) is adequate to eventually grow grass atop area.
2). Remove any/all wood chips and other woody root material from the area. Any/all excess wood chips possibly left in the hole (strongly discouraged by the way) will decompose over time and will steal much needed nitrogen from the grass plants. Excess wood chips and other root material left will also increase the chance of settling in the area.
3). Remove any/all elevated soil and grass that may exist around the previous stump area. The goal will be to level the entire area (as needed) to a satisfactory degree before new grass is planted. A somewhat flat soil grade is worth the extra effort now to ensure less mower scalping of elevated lawn areas and will eliminate the “pitcher’s mound effect” so often found on sub-par lawn repairs made across previous tree/stump areas.
4). Begin to add soil to fill the hole. Try to compact the soil (every 2″-4″ added) to slow down short term settling within the area. Regardless, expect slight soil settling within the area over the first few years. Additional soil may need to be added to fill in low spaces that form over time. The majority of soil settling takes place in the first 5 years +/- following a tree/stump removal.
5). After additional soil has been added and raked to meet the surrounding grade, plant premium grass seed, apply a granular starter fertilizer and cover with either peat moss or seed germination blanket to complete the repair.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions or service requests you may have. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!