Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:36
Hiya blue baron.
Two issues here. Yes remove the tree ASAP. No choice.
I would not plant another apple there. There are many problems planting most things in same spot.
However, if you are determined I would try to avoid the exact same spot. I would dig out as much soil as possible .....can you excavate a few barrow loads from elsewhere to exchange?
Why did your tree die? Do you know? Research your replacement tree to plant a disease resistant variety and one suited to your area.
Deacons nursery is a good source for new fruit trees. They give advice and supply a large range of trees on different rootstocks. You could buy a 3 year old tree, for example, enabling you to secure your own fruit in 3 or 4 years.