What to Do with That Old Tree Stump?

Sometimes when they remove a tree, a hefty stump remains. Eventually that will weather and decay, but often it remains for years as an unwanted reminder to the absent tree. What to do?

Sometimes I put a pot with flowers on the stump and use it for a pedestal. The eye is drawn to the plantings and the stump loses its status as an eyesore. I suggest putting some tall, some short and some trailing plants in the pot to provide variety.

Here's a stump used to feature container plants.

Here’s a stump used to feature container plants.

Another option is to convert the stump to a moss garden if it’s in a shady spot. In a fairly short time, nature starts growing moss on the bark and eventually across the top. You can speed up the process by gathering moss from shady areas of your property and placing those on the stump. Mist the moss with water from a spray bottle and it will thrive.

(photo by Virginia Allain) Here's a stump where I've applied moss and had it grow well.

(photo by Virginia Allain)
Here’s a stump where I’ve applied moss and had it grow well.

Here’s one more way to learn to love that old stump. It’s a playful way to dress it up and make everyone smile when they see it. Turn that stump into a gnome home with the addition of a door, maybe some windows, a mini-landscape, and maybe even some gnome or fairy sized accessories.

I'm amazed at the creative people who turned their unwanted tree stump into a fantasy home.

I’m amazed at the creative people who turned their unwanted tree stump into a fantasy home.

Visit my page for tips on transforming a tree stump into a gnome home. If you take on this project, I’d love to see a photograph of it.

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I'm a retired librarian...photographer, online content creator, genealogist, and writer. My passion is convincing people to preserve their family history and to write about their childhood memories.

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