Posted: Yesterday at 21:48
I agree that the soil will be depleted of nutrients etc. . I had the same problem with conifers that had been cut back to the trunk and have never grown back. I had a Pieris that i needed to move from its spot.so it went in front of the decimated conifer. it was planted approximately a metre away from the conifer and I had to improve the soil wirh compost and fertiliser and then again 3 months later to keep the shrub healthy.
2 years on the Pieris has not struggled at all and colours up and flowers beautifully. It has also done its job of covering the decimated cut back on the conifer
So put some goodness back in the soil and plant away