tree-stump planter
Steps // How to Create a Tree-Stump Planter
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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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