Step 2: Finish the Planting Hole

chopping a tree stump
Photo: William Wright
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As the hole gets bigger, switch to the mattock's wider end. Work your way toward the edges of the stump, leaving at least a 3-inch border, to create a hole 4 to 8 inches deep.
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