Last year a large Bartlett tree in my backyard was knocked down in a storm. I had it cut down to ground level and hauled away by a tree service. Since then, several saplings have emerged from the trunk. Some are about 10 feet tall. I would like to know what I should do to help one or more of the saplings grow and flourish. Should I cut/prune all but the tallest, healthiest one?
It is not recommended to allow trunk or stump sprouts to grow into trees. They tend to be weakly attached to the stump and would be prone to failing during a storm. They are also more susceptible basal rot.
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