removing junipers for trees - Knowledgebase Question

Littleton, Co
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Question by beck7319
February 28, 2010
my 9x45 ft area for planned fruit trees in denver. Please tell me that I can Hack off the existing 6-7 junipers at their base and plant 5-6 dwarf/semi-dwarf fruit trees in the good soil between. Junipers are 4ft high and mature.

Answer from NGA
February 28, 2010
It's likely that the junipers will resprout, especially if they have been in the ground for a number of years and have well developed root systems. It would be better for your new trees if you completely dig out the junipers prior to planting your trees. This will ensure the bed doesn't develop problems in the future. It would be a shame to have your fruit trees overwhelmed by resprouting juniper roots.

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