Step 3: Drill for Drainage

drilling holes in tree stump
Photo: William Wright
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With a 3⁄8- to 1⁄2-inch-wide auger bit, drill (or use a bit brace, as shown) drainage holes into the side of the stump so that they slope toward the ground.
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    • cutter mattock
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    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • Hand auger
      Auger fitted with a 3/8- to 1/2-inch bit
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      Hand trowel

    Shopping List

    1. 3/4-inch gravel for drainage
    2. Potting soil
    3. Compost
    4. Plants