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How to Create a Tree-Stump Planter

Turn a lopped-off tree into the highlight of your yard by filling it with colorful flowers

tree-stump planter
Photo by Eric Crichton/Corbis

Felling a tree is usually an expensive necessity that becomes even pricier when you have to remove the stump that the landscaper leaves behind. Instead of grinding it down, turn the stump into a focal point by filling it with flowers.


Steps // How to Create a Tree-Stump Planter
1 ×

Start the Planting Hole

 
Step One // How to Create a Tree-Stump Planter

Start the Planting Hole

chopping a tree stump
Photo by William Wright

Wearing safety glasses, chip away at the center of the stump with the pointed end of a sharpened mattock.

 
2 ×

Finish the Planting Hole

 
Step Two // How to Create a Tree-Stump Planter

Finish the Planting Hole

chopping a tree stump
Photo by William Wright

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.

 
3 ×

Drill for Drainage

 
Step Three // How to Create a Tree-Stump Planter

Drill for Drainage

drilling holes in tree stump
Photo by William Wright

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.

 
4 ×

Fill and Plant

 
Step Four // How to Create a Tree-Stump Planter

Fill and Plant

filling a tree-stump planter
Photo by William Wright

Add some free-draining material, like gravel, then top it with a mix of 30 percent compost and 70 percent potting soil, and fill the planter with some eye-catching blooms.

 
 
 

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