How Long to Wait to Plant a New Tree After Removal of One?

August 23, 2019

Hi all,

We have a large crabapple tree which has lost half of its leaves due to apple scab. The disease seems to get worse each year. We sprayed it with liquid copper several times last spring, but it only helped a little bit. We are thinking about cutting it down this fall and eventually replacing it with a smaller variety of crabapple tree.

However, I have read where apple scab disease can fester in the soil, partly due to infected leaves. If so, how long would one need to wait to plant a new tree in that particular location so that it will not be at risk of contracting apple scab?

Thank you.

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