Using Tree Stumps As Planters - Learn How To Make A Tree Stump Planter For Flowers

Yellow Flowers Growing From A Tree Stump Planter
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Okay, so you've probably at one time or another been stuck with a tree stump or two in the landscape. Perhaps you're like the majority and simply opt to get rid of the tree stumps. Why not use them to your advantage instead? A tree stump planter for flowers could be just the ideal solution.

Using Tree Stumps as Planters

Creating planters from stumps is not only a good way to spruce up these eyesores but offers other benefits too. For example, as the wood decays, it will help nourish plants with additional nutrients. Plus, the more you water, the quicker your stump will deteriorate. You also have a number of options when it comes to planting and designing your stump container. While I find annual flowers to be the easiest to plant, there are many other types you can choose too, depending on your needs and personal preferences. That being said, keep in mind the growing conditions-- full sun, shade, etc. If you want more bang for your buck, look for drought tolerant plants, especially in sunny areas, such as succulents.

How to Make a Tree Stump Planter

As previously stated, you can design your tree stump planter in various ways. A hollow stump planter is the most common method, where you can simply plant directly into the stump itself. To do this, you will need to hollow it out using a sharp instrument, like an ax or mattock. For those of you handy enough, using a chainsaw may be an option. If the stump has been around for some time, then it may already be soft in the center so the job should be easier. Leave yourself about 2 to 3 inches (5-8 cm.) around the perimeter, unless you prefer a small planting hole. Again, whatever works for you is fine. While it's not necessary to have drainage holes, it will certainly help the stump last longer and prevent any possible issues with root rot later on if plants become overly saturated. Adding a layer of gravel inside the stump hollow prior to planting can also help with this. After you have a satisfactory planting hole, you can then add some compost or potting soil and begin filling your tree stump with plants. You can even situate a container into the hollowed-out stump instead and just set your plants in that. You can plant seedling or nursery plants or even sow your seeds directly into the stump planter in spring. For additional interest, you can plant a variety of flower bulbs and other plants around it. That is how you turn a tree stump into an attractive planter for your garden!

Nikki Tilley
Senior Editor

Nikki Tilley has been gardening for nearly three decades. The former Senior Editor and Archivist of Gardening Know How, Nikki has also authored six gardening books.