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Could/should I plant an apple tree?

B3B3 Posts: 21,413
maybe ten years ago, an apple tree at the end of my 'lawn' died . We cut it down and left the stump. A colony of red ants lived in it for a few years. We lived and let live. Eventually, the stump rotted away and the ants moved on. For the last few years we have mowed over the hole. I thought the grass would grow over it, but it didn't. There have been some interesting weeds though.
My question is, would it be a good place to plant another apple tree or should I turf it over?
I think a drought killed it and the apples were tasteless.
I'm happy to plant a different tree if that would be a better idea.
In London. Keen but lazy.

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    10 years is probably long enough for any soil-borne diseases to have died off so I think you'll be ok.  If you are considering another tree, it will need a couple of buckets of water every week for the first year or may suffer the same fate, if drought did indeed kill the last one. ;)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,413
    edited January 2020
    Thanks @BobTheGardener. I was a bit worried about disease. Is there an apple that's good for cooking and eating?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    edited January 2020
    There was a fairly recent thread about that - I'll see if I can find it..
    Edit: here you go:
    :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,413
    Thanks Bob😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,413
    Just had a look at the link. It's really helpful. Plenty of apple trees dotted about so i wont need a self pollinator. 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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