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From: Michael Williamson
Marshall, IL
I am a University of Illinois Master Gardener in Clark County, Illinois.

A client asked why the grass she planted over the location of an evergreen that failed and she cut down could not grow over that spot in her lawn.

The tree was over 30 feet tall and was doing poorly when she bought the house in 2010. She is not sure what kind of evergreen it was. She had True Green spray for bugs the first year and it never really recovered. That is when she finally cut it down. She used stump rot and then eventually had someone with a machine grind the stump down.

She has planted grass seed in the winter, fall, and spring. She even added new soil and put straw on top of it. Grass came up one time, but it has since died in that area only. The most recent application was about 2 weeks ago. The impacted area is approx. 15 x 20 feet.

Extension Message
From: Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
DuPage/Kane/Kendall Unit
Starting with a basic soil test will inform as to the general fertility of the soil. Ph levels between 6.0-7.0 will be fine. Phosphorus and Potassium levels are normally sufficient but the test will reveal the true levels. ( If the chips were left with the soil when the stump was ground out, then there will be a temporary condition that does not favor lawn growth. Once weeds begin to appear, the soil can again support turfgrass. The kind of tree nor the stump decay material would have had any influence. Fall seedings are preferred in that the seed germinates and begins to grow in more favorable conditions.

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