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Hardiness Zone: 6a
Betty from Slate Hill, NY
You didn't mention whether or not you're looking for advice on how to get rid of your stump, but if you don't plan on grinding it down, there are some inexpensive tricks that will make the wood breakdown faster. Normally it takes at least 4-5 years for the wood to breakdown (even longer for large stumps like yours). To expedite the process, I would recommend drilling several holes around the perimeter of the stump and filling them with some type of sugar (syrup, jelly, white sugar, molasses, etc.) or buttermilk. The idea is to get the decomposition process started quickly. After filling up the holes, wet down the stump and cover it with a thick layer of mulch. Cover the mulch with a dark colored tarp. This will reduce the time it takes the wood to decompose by half. In the meantime, maybe you could disguise the tarp by placing planters filled with seasonal plants on top.
How about another willow? All softwoods, including willows, grow relatively quickly. You're not going to have a replacement for that 30 year tree in a matter of months, but it's going to grow faster than say, a pine.
We have an Ash tree and it has been dropping leaves. they are spotted and some yellow also have found a few maple trees in door yard in same condition. never noticed until this year, busy at work. Is this normal? Thanks
how about checking out austree.com?
we bought the 5 to 6 ' starter trees and in sept of 2001 and have nice shades trees already.
We had some poplars that were fast growing. I dont recommend fast growing trees becuase they grow too fast and then break off under the weight of snow. Or they just break off during a storm.
A tree that grows more slowly will be a stronger tree.
Plant your tree in the fall. Any tree for your USDA zone will make it through the winter.