Asked on Sep 06, 2016

Ideas for this 3 ft stump in my front yard

My tree was knocked over by a storm and this is what we are left. I have no way of cutting it down any further and to me it's just an eyesore. My uncle set a couple of owls on top of it, just because. I'm sure there are some DIYers on here that could get me some suggestions and ideas of what to do. I've added a couple of pictures for you to see what I'm talking about. Any help is greatly appreciated.
I need to weed eat around it but you get the idea of what I'm talking about
Another view.
The concrete item you see leaning against it is a huge Texas with my address on it. It can be moved.
  82 answers
  • Teri Wilson Teri Wilson on Sep 06, 2016
    Drill out the top of the stump and plant flowering and trailing plants.
  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Sep 06, 2016
    Here's my 2 cents...I would create a fairy mound city out of the trunk...I would drill large holes around the outside of the trunk then age them a bit so the new wood isn't so noticeable by adding mosses. Then I would make doors out of natural materials to place over the holes. You could also paint a couple of the doors a bright color so they will pop out from the trunk. Inside the doors, I would leave small surprises for anyone brave enough to open the door. Then I would attach broken pieces of pots around the outside of the trunk & add brightly colored flowers, or succulents. Add some fairies, some miniature houses or furniture, Keep the black & grey owl to perch on top & add some branches for a nest. I'd change the concrete Texas for a long wooden plank painted white w/ black numbers on it for your address.
  • Suz8365073 Suz8365073 on Sep 06, 2016
    Paint a checkerboard!
  • Lynne Forrestal Lynne Forrestal on Sep 06, 2016
    i made a knome home from mine. I added a rustic roof using wood shingles, and cut a round top door from additional shake shingles. and the surrounding garden planted and 3 knomes "working " on their garden duties wheelbarrow, watering can etc.
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Sep 06, 2016
    Put in flowers around the base and drill out the stump for an additional "flower pot".
  • Carey Carey on Sep 06, 2016
    You already have lovely growth around your stump. Find a large flower pot that closely fits the top of the stump. It doesn't have to be deep, just wide enough to look planned. Fill it with petunia's in the summer if it is in the sunshine or shade loving plants if in the shade. Include some trailers and you will be surprised at how happy you are with your new decor. I had my neighbor bring over their stump so that I could put it in my back yard and planted a red climbing rose beside it. I love to see that pretty rose blooming beside the big old stump!
  • Tim Tim on Sep 06, 2016
    I had a very similar problem , I ended up with ants , then termites , So I read an article about enzymes and using them to destroy stumps . I took an axe and chopped a lot of deep gashes , then poured a quart of buttermilk on it . then I waited , sure enough the stump began to disintegrate . Heartened ,I scraped away all the debris as much as I could . Then fresh gashes and more Buttermilk . By spring , no stump .That was over 5 years ago , it is now gone , and where the stump was is now a smooth level area of grass
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    • Kel21502782 Kel21502782 on May 11, 2018

      This is a great method for those ugly stumps. My dad would drill holes in the stump, then pour in the buttermilk. Works like magic! No paying a fortune to have someone grind the stumps!

  • Jackie Byrd Jackie Byrd on Sep 07, 2016
    Carve it into a totem or similar. If you want to get rid of it, there are stump grinders available or you can burn it (I think I saw a YouTube about it).
  • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Sep 07, 2016
    As Tim said, you can be asking for termite problems if you leave it rot away. As a Realtor, I recommend getting it removed. Treating for termites gets very expensive. There are different things you can buy such as stump out. I have never heard of his buttermilk usage. Usually they recommend drilling into it to add chemicals or whatever you are using. A stump removal of course would be the quickest way. If you decide to try to get rid of it yourself, I think you could still use it as a planter or birdbath while it is in process.
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    • IFortuna IFortuna on Sep 08, 2016
      I think it is very likely buttermilk would work if the cultured type is used. The enzymes and good bacteria would do their work naturally. : )
  • Bonnieroot Bonnieroot on Sep 07, 2016
    Chop out part of the center to plant some cascading annuals. Another option is succulents which you also cut out little notches on the side and put some hens and chicks in. I would goggle planting flowers in tree stump and see what you come up with.
  • Jennifer Jennifer on Sep 07, 2016
    Rent a chain saw to cut it lower and then rent a stump grinder to grind the rest of it down to nothing. Doing it yourself would be cheaper than hiring a company but it really should be taken down
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    • Danielle Odin Danielle Odin on May 06, 2018

      A rotting wood stump will attract ants and termites. Get rid of it before it is too late.

  • JOHN JOHN on Sep 07, 2016
    If you are afraid of a chain saw, buy a "bow saw" and cut it manually...... u could get one $20 or so easily..... then, if you don't want to go the stump grinding route, you can do the drilling into the remainder of the trunk, and that will speed the removal process.
  • Diane Diane on Sep 07, 2016
    Not my idea but I saw where someone "built" a fairy castle or garden out of a stomp. It looked very cute.
  • Sandra mg Donald Sandra mg Donald on Sep 07, 2016
    We used an old tree stump in our garden to hold a birdbath that we made from a large leaf and concrete we painted both black
  • EL Hoard EL Hoard on Sep 07, 2016
    Build a little roof out of scrap cedar. Peel off bark. Paint a Fairy Door with Windows and a little Fairy garden on the ground in front, and then seal the wood to prevent rot.
  • Sherry H. Sherry H. on Sep 07, 2016
    I would try to even up the stump, so that i could put a pretty pot with lovely flowers in it. I don't think it would be the cascading ones though - maybe it might look nice though. I would remove the other plants at the base and plant them else where. Very nice plant stand! Don't paint it, spay paint the whole stump with with a clear paint to keep the bugs out. I wish I had a stump, my husband keeps burning them out. If you don't want it call on a neighbor to dig a hole around it 6 inches deep, pack straw or what have you and strike a match. Keep your eyes on it and have a hose ready to put it out! Sherry H. :)
  • Sherry H. Sherry H. on Sep 07, 2016
    Here are some nice stumps for you to think about. Sherry H. Stump seating. Sherry H. :)
  • Lori Lori on Sep 07, 2016
    Birdbath and a sherpards hook for a cute birdfeeder
  • Sherry H. Sherry H. on Sep 07, 2016
    Useful stumps for you below. Sherry H. :)
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  • Cathy Cathy on Sep 07, 2016
    You could attach some thing to make it a bird bath or planter---but I like the fairy house idea the best.
  • Sherry H. Sherry H. on Sep 07, 2016
    Hey I'm on a roll now. How about a large round piece of lace to sit on your stump Draped over it, hanging down around the stump. can be washed or use stencil to do in white. see below under picture number two You can find round ones at Michael Craft Store They have stencils too. Sherry H. :)
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  • Robyn Osiecki Robyn Osiecki on Sep 07, 2016
    There are great ideas on Pinterest for fairy gardens. Make a small door and attach it to the stump and decorate around it for the fairies.
  • Ann Ann on Sep 07, 2016
    Cascading flower planter, fairy house, a grouping of birdhouses...the possibilities are endless. I've been trying to get my logger son to bring me a stump for my yard!
  • Lisa Terry Hann Lisa Terry Hann on Sep 07, 2016
    Cut it so that it's straight across. Cut a round piece of plywood and nail or screw it to the top. Put a couple of rustic stools around it. For extra fun, paint a tic tac toe or x's and 0's. Make the game pieces out of some flat stone.....painted plain or with a pattern, bugs, smiley faces or whatever you like. Great place for kids and or adults to sit and have a game!
  • Cas6519225 Cas6519225 on Sep 07, 2016
    I had a similar issue solved by creating terraced beds around the stump which eventually rotted and fed the garden.
  • Judy Morris Judy Morris on Sep 07, 2016
    I heard that someone chipped a hole in the middle and planted an ivy.
  • Nancy Doucet Nancy Doucet on Sep 07, 2016
    I put a pretty pot on top with a nice cactus in the pot. It takes care of itself and always looks good.
  • Maren Macmillan Maren Macmillan on Sep 07, 2016
    turn it into a fairy house and village you could go elves and gnomes also!
  • Ela6604453 Ela6604453 on Sep 07, 2016
    Go to Pintrist and search decorated stumps. I wish I had see them before I let my husband cut mine down.
    • Susan Langley Taylor Susan Langley Taylor on May 03, 2018

      Remove the plants underneath, replace with a couple of butterfly bushes and/or Lantana. Put a type of bird bath on the stump. Shepherds hook Ida is good also with a bird feeder.

  • Rita Marie Rita Marie on Sep 07, 2016
    if you know of anyone who has carving skills ,they could carve an animal it would be a unique piece of art. your local art gallery may be able to recommend someone if you don't know anyone, but ask to see pics of their previous work , to be sure you will like what they do , have them sketch it before they do the work.
  • Susie Rufener Susie Rufener on Sep 07, 2016
    Put a large pot of something like trailing petunias and they can grow over the edge and hide stump.
  • Pka10042364 Pka10042364 on Sep 07, 2016
    I put a large concrete bird bath on mine. You can buy them without the base.
  • Lyn2398900 Lyn2398900 on Sep 07, 2016
    Pka1 has the same idea as mine. Did just that and the birds love it! I had to buy a standing birdbath, as my stump is low.
  • 861650 861650 on Sep 07, 2016
    I agree with Elaine. Pinerest is the place to go. I have saved several tree trunk ideas but just can't decide yet. LOL! Waiting for lighting to strike.
  • Sheileagh Leens Sheileagh Leens on Sep 08, 2016
    I had a tree I did not want, chopped down to 3 feet. I am growing plants all around the base & have screwed a metal bowl on the flat surface of the stump & placed another bowl inside the first one... it's easy to remove & clean occasionally. I keep it filled with water for the birds. We have many feathered visitors daily.
  • Shannon Lawson Solis Shannon Lawson Solis on Sep 08, 2016
    Thank you everyone for the many suggestions. My daughter has decided she wants to do the fairy house. As soon as we are done, I'll post pictures
  • UpState UpState on Sep 08, 2016
    The owl family idea is the best.
  • Patty Patty on Sep 08, 2016
    Make a n elf or fairy house by adding,or painting on ,a door. Plant small,fairy garden plants and add a fairy or elf. Maybe a stone pathway.
  • Traci Fearing Traci Fearing on Apr 19, 2018

    I am sure someone has told you this but... there are people out there who wil take care of the stump find them on line or phone book. Yes it will cost some money but it will be gone. Spending money to decorate it is stupid.

  • Linday Linday on May 02, 2018

    I purposely ask to leave a taller stump from a tree we had to take down because I wanted a Gnome house. I decorated it with windows and doors. Put up a twig and string ladder, a blue stone pool, and 3 gnomes. Flowers and little rustic tools also add to my Gnome estate. I love it.

  • And11720182 And11720182 on May 02, 2018

    Make a bird feeder out of it.

  • Ashleigh Ashleigh on May 02, 2018

    Add a bird bath to the top! Or as many have said plant annuals on Top! This site give a simple take on going about that and at the end has “stump removal“ if you fear termites.

    keep ya updated and good luck!

  • Beth Gold Roccia Beth Gold Roccia on May 02, 2018

    That would make a great fairy garden!

  • 27524803 27524803 on May 02, 2018

    See if you can level off the top... then use a large ceramic or concrete planting bowel.... and plant things that would drip over the edge... put something tall in the center.....

  • YES, perfect for a Fairy Garden!

  • Alice Samaan Alice Samaan on May 02, 2018

    Drill holes in the stump. It will decompose on it own!! The more holes the better.

  • Barbara-Denison Joy Barbara-Denison Joy on May 02, 2018

    A drill is all you need Any pawn shop usually has a few . Buy a drill bit the same size as a Shepard hook or seasonal flag ! A drill will also help you make a planting dip in the top and even angled holes in the sides . Petunias would be fantastic . Or strawberrys !

  • Felecia R. Laury Felecia R. Laury on May 03, 2018

    I called the tree surgeons to grind the stump out.

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on May 03, 2018

    You have a beautiful little garden around the stump, so a simple beautifying solution might be the basin of a bird bath that you fill with water or birdseed or trailing flowers. Actually ANY interesting, shallow basin would do the trick (an old porcelain one, etc)

    Another simple way to remove a tree stump is to line it with charcoal, let it burn and slowly, the stump disintegrates. Takes time but we've done this numerous times and always have marshmallows then too !

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on May 03, 2018

    A birdbath top on top.

  • F.h13582673 F.h13582673 on May 04, 2018

    I love the fairy garden idea because I have a large fairy garden of my own. But for

    the top of the stump I would drill it out, I have done the same in my front yard. If I was home I would add a picture, but stumps have nutrients and you wouldnt

    believe the tomatoes I get each year! So if I were you cut or drill a hole find a tomatoe plant you love and enjoy some tomatoes! 😃

  • Susan K Mullins Susan K Mullins on May 04, 2018

    Drill a hole and add a birdhouse

  • Peter Peter on May 05, 2018

    Plenty of ideas that go 'round and 'round.... I'll add my first impression: create a spiral 'staircase' and develop a planter from that.

    BTW: Nothing wrong with leaving it as is... over time it will be easier to remove (excepting stump grinding) by just letting it stay long and decaying in place. I'd cut the roots as close to the trunk as possible so it will start to rot... chemicals can be added to speed that along... but do NOT shorten it, the length is a great lever to pull it over once it's weak enough. It may take quite some time, but there's little muscle needed to finish the removal. Meanwhile, decorate!

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 05, 2018

    I had 6 large trees cut down from the storm damage and some were too close to the house.

    I did not have the stumps ground because I did not want sawdust around to be tracked in all summer so we are in the process of covering my stumps to decay over time.

    Covered with dirt, then black landscape cloth so they will stay wet, then black mulch. I am in the process of decorating the stumps with rocks, pots, junk! A fun project.

    This is going slow between chilly weather, rain and old aching bones only able to work a little at a time. All of this is happening while I am in the process of planting over 100 Caladium bulbs!

  • Andrea Andrea on May 05, 2018

    This is what I did with mine. its better looking than a dead stump!

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  • Smittie22 Smittie22 on May 05, 2018

    Why can't you just dig it up?

  • Tra1868165 Tra1868165 on May 05, 2018

    Hi, I have checked around and have heard lots of ideas. If finances are an issue (to hire someone) then the two that I like are Epsom salts mixed strong with water pour over roots repeatedly, or find copper screws and drill them throughout the stump...these are said to kill trees... I hope this helps...

  • Marci J Marci J on May 06, 2018

    We burned ours out one night. Put grill liter on it & sat around lawn chairs. You will loose the plants around it. But digging a soil ring around the stump for safety reasons & water hose available by stump. My husband sat up & watched it burn up until it was even with the ground. Put fresh soil around & plant grass. More plants If your incline.

  • Linda Barrett Dirksen Linda Barrett Dirksen on May 07, 2018

    Drill holes into it and pour stump remover into the holes, found at hardware or garden centers, I've read Epsom salt works too. It will take several months, but much cheaper than a stump grinder. I had 5 big stumps ground down yesterday, $900. Not a cheap way to go!

  • Sandy Murray Sandy Murray on May 07, 2018

    My dear, you have the perfect opportunity for a stumpery. Add some of your logs from the fallen tree. Plants, rocks pots of plants. You can turn it into a delight. A stumpery is usually in the shade as those in England. But for mine I needed lots of sun for herbs and flowers....I share mine with the chickens and a pet pot belly.. .so sometimes I loose a bit! Dash I can't add a photo of mine.... Its gets better looking all the time! I have used painted cans from baked beans, jam etc all painted in cheerful colours! Have fun with it. Too much hard work to take stump out!

  • ☘️ TxBella ☘️ TxBella on May 07, 2018

    Do a mosaic!

  • Bnortheast Bnortheast on May 07, 2018

    I also have a huge stump and we roughed up the top and sides and put wild flower seeds all over the stump to create a wild flower garden.

    or plant a vine that will flow down over the sides, Grape vines grow rapidly and they feed your family and the birds and are very pretty.

  • Leslie Allison Leslie Allison on May 07, 2018

    I put an old tractor seat on one of mine.

    There is a product called stump removal, ask at the local garden shop. You drill a hole down the top of the stump and burns out the stump

  • Betty Betty on May 07, 2018

    I planted ivy on mine it has covered the whole stump .

  • Reta Maynor Reta Maynor on May 07, 2018

    drill a hole in the center and put a pretty solar light or a double shepherds hook and and put a couple nice full hanging baskets or you might get a solar light on a pole that has 2 arms and have both light and planter

  • Michelle Masterson Michelle Masterson on May 08, 2018

    Here in Florida we call that plant a "purple heart" and it spreads but its beautiful. 25.00 you can call a tree service or someone with a "Stump grinder" to get rid of it. Or you could make it into a table. I also like the fairy garden ideas.

  • Mary Mary on May 10, 2018

    If you want to remove the stump, find a friend or relative who has a chain saw. First: you dig a trench around the stump. The trench has to be lower than the ground/grass area. By digging a trench around the stump, then someone with a chainsaw can get the blade of the saw below ground level. Then when all is done, you have a nice flat area. (my dad taught me this trick and I've used it on 5 trees. I didn't know anyone with a chain saw, so I used an axe to chop the stump down)

  • Teacup8885 Teacup8885 on May 10, 2018

    Maybe put a bird bath on the stump n plant some taller decorative grass closer to stump!!?

  • Stj11490811 Stj11490811 on May 10, 2018

    Start digging a little each day. Soon you’ll have the eyesore out of your lawn. My husband dug several stumps of that size or larger each summer from our property, the biggest being a large Norway pine stump. You can do it.

  • Jan Milner Pirtle Jan Milner Pirtle on May 12, 2018

    I googled “how to decorate a tree stump” and it gave me lots of ideas.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on May 12, 2018

    I would make getting the stump out a priority! One of my trees was felled by a noreaster 2 years ago and this winter a swarm of termites got INTO MY HOUSE because they used the stump for home and to multiply. Now I have a VERY COSTLY project on my hands.

  • Den4659909 Den4659909 on May 13, 2018

    I would hollow out stump and turn it into a planter

  • Sue Sue on May 14, 2018

    add a birdbath to the top of it or a bird feeder

  • Psc28529732 Psc28529732 on May 14, 2018

    Hammering in Copper nails on the top. It will kill the rest of the tree

  • Psc28529732 Psc28529732 on May 14, 2018

    trickMeantime a pot with ivy and geraniums does the

  • Judy Brittenum Judy Brittenum on May 15, 2018

    Planting things around any item you wish to disguise only draws attention to it! For example, Vines up telephone poles and guy wires, stumps or huge rocks. A professional designer would plant another tree within 6-10 feet or group of flowering trees within a large bed of ground cover and mulch. Ideally have the stump ground down by a professional. The error was in not doing proper removal to begin with.

  • Tony Ive Tony Ive on May 22, 2018

    Depends if you want to remodel or remove this trunk. You're comments indicate you want to remove. Just about the easiest and quickest way to do this is by burning the trunk out.

    Use a chainsaw to reduce the height, leave about 12" standing.

    Make two saw cuts at right angles to each other to finish as low down as you can. Cut four wedges and hammer these in to each section of saw cut. They serve to keep the cuts wide open. Make sure you clean all loose branches and other detritus away.

    Choose a dry still day and start reasonably early. Drop a firestarter down the centre of the cut. Pour some kerosene or other inflamatory liquid into the hole. Remove anything away to a very safe distance. Light the fire, it will initially flare up but will settle down to to an intense fire quite quickly.

    As long as it is burning don't interfere with it. Before too long the stump itself will have disappeared. However, if there are large roots these may carry on smouldering underground for some time, probably turning to charcoal.

    The only real effort in all of this is using the chainsaw, cutting and banging in the wedges. Then there's the clear up

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 08, 2023

    Hi Shannon, hope this helps you out. I has some fabulous ideas!

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 13, 2023

    Get someone out to grind the stump until there is nothing left. We had a stump grinder come out to our place a few years ago. They aren't expensive and they save a lot of time and wear on your chain saw.

  • Put a large pot on top of it and fill with flowers and vines.