I have a large tree stump in my back yard, any ideas without removing?

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I would like to do something decorative as the stump can't be removed.
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 14, 2016
    If you can make a hole in the middle of the stump you can insert a planter with drainage and plant flowers based on your season.If that is not possible you can put a garden accent of sort as a focal point and plant underneath with pretty colorful pots and assorted flowers.

  • Susan Burgess Susan Burgess on Mar 14, 2016
    Those are good ideas. I believe there is a liquid you can pour over the scored stump to kill it (Pinterest) and if the stump is large, you or a friend could carve the stump into something decorative.

    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 14, 2016
      @Susan Burgess There is a product available to kill the stump. It is called stump out, however it is a long process. So I do not think that is the idea she was looking for.

  • KatAych KatAych on Mar 14, 2016
    What's the size/height of the stump?

  • Elizabeth Schemanski Elizabeth Schemanski on Mar 15, 2016
    Use it in a fairy garden. Put the little doors and windows and make a roof and put some fairies out there. Plow and Hearth sells resin tree stumps that are fairy dwellings. They could give you some ideas. Or you could make a flower garden and put a border around it. Plant some tall plants/flowers so the stump can't be seen. In many years it will rot away naturally.

  • Cathy Cathy on Mar 15, 2016
    Make it in to a fairy house---or level off the top and attach a round or square table top.

  • Brianne Brianne on Mar 15, 2016
    If you are handy with tools you could make a small tree house on top of the stump. Or create a tall bird feeder in the center of the stump and place plants around the bottom of the feeder.

  • Wanda.ll Wanda.ll on Mar 15, 2016
    If could have a photo of where it is might help get more ideas. I was thinking stool or table myself.

  • Barb Kukkonen Barb Kukkonen on Mar 15, 2016
    I added rocks and flowers around mine, and placed planters on top, one year I put lawn ornaments on top, like squirrel s and butterflies

  • Hanu Hanu on Mar 15, 2016
    I have the same question(s) as KatAych - I'm wondering what are the dimensions of it, such as diameter, circumference, & height of this stump?

  • Wendy Braniff Wendy Braniff on Mar 15, 2016
    A tiered flower garden, the stump being a pedestal for the centre of the garden, place a pot or dig out and Kant in it

  • Bonny McDaniel Bonny McDaniel on Mar 15, 2016
    I use my large stump for plant containers. I have a tall, urn shaped planter in the center with smaller ones around it. how tall is your stump? How big around or across? Some people make gnome homes out of their stumps.

  • Carole Alden Carole Alden on Mar 15, 2016
    Look at my picture on the left. I don't mind feeding the sequels too.

  • LindaK LindaK on Mar 15, 2016
    If you have a chainsaw, with just a few cuts it can become seating.

  • Karen Karen on Mar 15, 2016
    Carve it into something beautiful start with a small chainsaw to get rid of bulk then down to hammer chisels and sanders

  • Mary Mary on Mar 15, 2016
    Put a roof and door on it for a little house? If it is large it could be used for seating. A pot of flowering plants on it would be nice. Make a bird bath with the stump as a base and a large bowl. If the stump if tall a round top to make a table . Have fun

  • Carole Alden Carole Alden on Mar 18, 2016
    If it is out of the way, I leave it for the woodpeckers. I also like putting birdhouses on mine.

  • Chriss Chriss on Mar 14, 2019

    I recommend to you to make it as a table. Half year ago I was in a same situation, I must cut my tree so I made it as a table with wooden chairs around. It is great idea to fulfill the environment and also look natural, or if you have small kids you can cut it off a little bit more so they can play around and have fun.


    Regards.