Temporary solution to an ugly problem!

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Project by LeonB posted 10-21-2012 01:00 AM 3379 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greetings, My name is Leon and I am new, not only to this website, but to gardening itself. I’ve grown a few tomatoes and peppers in the past but this is my first attempt at any kind of ornamental gardening.(So I’m going to call this a work in progress.) Needless to say, I believe I’m hooked, so I’m greatly looking forward to learning from the knowledge and experience of my fellow garden enthusiasts on GT

The ugly problem: A huge maple tree stump. This picture was taken about four years ago, so you can imagine I’ve gotten pretty sick of looking at it while waiting for it to decay.

The solution: A trip to a couple of local gardening club plant sales,a pile of rocks salvaged from my neighbor’s landscaping project, and two statues acquired through fortunate dumpster dives.

Total budget for this project: $18.50.

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hardiness zone 6a

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posted 10-21-2012 02:20 AM

First, Welcome to GT!!
Secondly—you are not only hooked but you are a natural.
This is LOVELY …. AND what a fantastic collection of treasures you acquired. You got these statues in the garbage??!!!! The garden fairies definitely have your back. Awesome.

I love how you have designed the little area. It’s wonderful.
I want something like this in my gardens!

I can’t wait to see what you do next.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 10-21-2012 04:57 AM

I had one at my former home that was HUGE as well. I chopped holes in it, poured some gas on it, and lit it. After several episodes like this over a few years, the stump gradually disappeared.

Your solution is quite attractive, however.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 10-22-2012 03:37 PM

You have found a lovely and clever solution to your tree stump. Great job.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 10-23-2012 06:54 AM

I especially like the contrast b/t the pretty garden fairy and the gnome. lol Now a few low growing flowers and your all set. And under all that creativity the garden will be working it’s own wonders…..rotting the stump away and returning to the ground to grow more treasures.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Vince Kirchner

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 10-24-2012 08:41 AM

How about a few mushroom plugs?

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?

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Jelinda AKA Jo

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hardiness zone 8a

posted 11-02-2012 10:57 AM

I am new to this site as far as i have never made a post,i do come & look to see what people are doing in their gardens.I love to see how everyone can be so creative & looking at gardens is a great way to get idea’s.

But Leon,i have to say you have taken the cake with your project!!! You are very creative & resourceful.

I had some tree’s cut down almost a year ago so they aren’t anywhere near rotten. I am handicapped but i don’t let it stop me from keeping dirt under my fingers nails & in my shoes most times!! LOL I wanted to make or am in the process of making a rock garden & of course there’s was a stump right next to where i wanted it,so i put rocks around it (it half the size of yours) filled in with soil & compost then planted stringy stonecrop sedum or Gold moss (Sedum sarmentosum).You have encouraged me to rethink that stump & find a way to tie it into my rock garden,it’s coming along so slowly that i have plenty of time to come up with something.

Thank you,your creativity & resourcefulness has really given me a bit of a push to do more with my own ugly problem tree stump!!!!

Have a lovely weekend,

-- Jo,Georgia zone 8a, the garden is my therapist!!!

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hardiness zone 4a

posted 11-04-2012 08:02 AM

As they say in permaculture, the problem is the solution!
Very creative solution and some very fortunate finds to help create your design. Nicely done and some great ideas here. Thanks!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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hardiness zone 4b

posted 11-09-2012 09:11 AM

It’s not quite as fun as gasoline, but I had a stump from a maple tree that the city cut down that was taking forever to decompose. To speed it up I bored a bunch of holes in it with a 1” boring bit and then piled grass clippings on it every time I mowed. That was about 6 months ago and it has noticeably softened and is decomposing much faster. You can also buy stump remover, but grass clippings are free and all you really need is a source of nitrogen to speed up the decay. Your solution looks much better though.

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posted 11-10-2012 05:19 AM

Hi folks,

I am a General contractor and get involved in many different projects in and around homes in the DFW area. I try to not get too involved in landscaping because it is a hobby of mine but not one of my professional expertises not to mention in this area with 1,000’s of landscape companies the competition is way to stiff! Occasionally I will have a customer request I manage a home project that includes landscaping and removal of a tree or trees. It takes us about 30 minuets per tree depending on the size of the tree to totally get rid of the stump for ever. It is called a Stump Grinder. Most large landscape companies, equipment rental or hardware stores have them on hand for rent or they will provide the service. If you do the work it is not difficult to use but when it is done you are rid of the stump for ever and have a new clean area to work, no chemicals just a pile of sawdust.

Happy Gardening, Spader.

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