6 Easy Steps to Restore Your Yard After a Stump Removal

December 11, 2019

Getting a stump removed in your Denver yard is a great way to improve your home’s appearance. It makes your landscaping look more put-together and can increase your home’s resale value if it’s done right. But getting rid of that stump isn’t the last step you need to take to get your yard looking its best. You still need to show your landscaping a little love to get rid of the scar in the soil. Here are a few things you should take care of after letting your local tree service get rid of that old stump. 

Clean Up the Aftermath
Though your tree service will be able to haul the stump and any large bits of wood or tree away from your property, you’ll still need to get rid of the debris in your yard. In most cases, you’ll have wood shavings, twigs, and dirt clods littering the spot where the stump was. You may also notice rocks and chunks of clay that were brought to the surface by the roots. 

Gather this debris and decide what you want to do with it. If you have a fireplace, small twigs and bits of bark can get burned when you light a fire. If the stump left behind a divot or a hole in the grass, avoid filling the hole with the debris. This can slow your lawn’s growth and makes it tough for new sod to take root. In most cases, all you need to do is bag the debris and leave it out with your garbage. Just check with your trash company to see when they’re willing to pick up landscaping debris. 

Fill In the Hole
The debris left behind after the stump removal probably won’t be enough to fill in the hole. You’ll need to invest in fill dirt or soil to completely fill in the area. Just make sure you choose the right type of soil for your yard. If you’re planning on planting new grass on top, invest in a quality nutrient-dense topsoil.

Fill the hole with the topsoil. Depending on the size of the stump that was removed, you may need several bags of topsoil to completely fill in the hole. Lightly pack the dirt, but don’t feel like you have to pack the soil firmly. Doing so will make it harder for new plants to spread roots and cover the spot.

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Creative
Adding new grass may be the most common option, but it’s not the only one you can choose after getting a stump removed. Instead of making your lawn larger, consider planting a new tree where the old one stood. 

If you do this, you’ll need to clear away any remaining roots inside the hole. You’ll also want to remove any large boulders or rocks that are inside the area. These can make it harder for new trees to establish their roots and become stable in the soil. 

If you choose to plant a new tree, take care to pick a species that grows easily in your area. If you’re not sure which ones will work best for your yard, reach out to your tree service and ask for advice. They’ll be able to let you know which ones will have the best chance of growing well and which ones you should avoid. Remember, nurseries and garden sections at large box stores often sell plants that look pretty, but won’t grow well in Colorado. If you choose to buy a tree from them, do so cautiously and research your options ahead of time.

Spread Your Grass Seeds
If planting a tree seems like too much work, grass is a great alternative. Since you’re covering such a small area, you can spread the grass seeds by hand. Try to choose a grass type that matches the kind you’ve already got in your yard. If you’re not sure, ask your landscaping professional for help. They’ll be able to recommend a good seed for your yard. 

Spread the seed over the topsoil, taking care to cover the entire patch. Then, rake the seeds into the soil gently. A hand rake should be all you need. Take care not to use too much force as you don’t need the seeds to settle too deep in the hole. Once you’re happy with the way it looks, add another layer of topsoil to cover the seeds. This will keep them from blowing away in the wind or washing away in the rain.

Water the Soil
Topsoil will likely be moist right out of the bag, but that’s not enough to give the seeds a chance to sprout. You need to water the soil thoroughly. This helps it settle into the hole completely and lets it fill in the spaces around the hole completely. Give the hole a good soaking with a garden hose or watering can. Just take care not to overwater it. The soil should never start floating up. 

Once you saturate the topsoil, let it sit for at least a few days. Check the dampness every few days and add moisture as needed. Remember, if it’s rained recently, you won’t need to water your yard.

Care for Your New Grass
Once the grass takes root, you’ll be able to take care of it the same way you do the rest of your lawn. Mow the grass if it gets too tall and be mindful of how it’s growing throughout the year. If the spot looks patchy, you may need to spread more seed. 

Stump Removal Is Just the Beginning
Getting a stump removed from your property doesn’t have to transform your landscaping in a bad way. Use it as an opportunity to make your yard beautiful the way you want to. If you’re not sure where to start or want advice on what to do for your surrounding trees, contact our experts today. We’ll help you find the right solution for your yard so you can enjoy the way it looks year-round.
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