Remove a tree trunk and how deep should dirt be to grow grass. - Knowledgebase Question

Perth Amboy, NJ
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Question by Sugeyv6
April 12, 2007

I have two questions.

1. I have a huge tree trunk that make a mountain in my backyard. What would be the best way to remove the tree trunk? Would it be cost effective to hire someone to remove it or can we do it ourselves?

2. I have a cement path between my grass area. I would like to make it uniform. I would like to add grass to that area. How deep should the dirt be to grow grass? Would I have to remove the cement before adding dirt (grass)?

Thank you very much for your time.

Sugey Velazquez

Answer from NGA
April 12, 2007
Colorado State University extension provides an excellent summary of your options on the tree stump problem at the following web site.

To grow lawn grass over the cement walk, you will unfortunately have to remove the walk before you plant grass in that area. If you don't, the lawn will always look "different" and show the pattern of the walk; it will dry out faster than the rest of your yard and the grass will be less healthy there, too. (You would need about eight inches or soil or more on top of it to allow for healthy grass roots.)

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