Practical Ideas For Remnant Tree Stumps

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I have a really beautiful old olive tree in my backyard. I love sitting under it on warm summer night. Unfortunately, the tree got a bit of a knock from the truck that brought in our swimming pool this summer, and it has been looking quite sick ever since and hasn't had any olives yet this year. I am very attached to the tree, so I have got a guy from the tree service company making weekly visits to give it extra fertilising and trimming to try to promote growth. This blog is all about nursing a sick old tree back to health with help from a tree service company.

Practical Ideas For Remnant Tree Stumps

29 September 2016
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If you have trees in your garden or on your land, you may lose one from time to time.  This can be as a result of storm damage or through disease.  Many times, old age simply causes the tree to become structurally weak so that it presents a danger to property and people.  In all these cases you'll need to call out your local tree service to cut down the tree and remove it.  But what happens to the stump that's left behind following tree felling?  Here are some practical ideas for what to do with that remaining stump.

What happens to the stump after the tree has been felled?

If you want to replace the felled tree, you'll need to get rid of the stump. 

You could treat the stump yourself with a chemical product that will kill-off the root system and gradually allow the stump to rot away.  Eventually, the stump will decay to mulch and will be reabsorbed into the ground.  One big drawback of this approach is that it can take many months for the stump to disappear altogether, especially if the tree was a large, mature specimen.

Alternatively, your tree service will offer a stump grinding service.  The stump will be ground down to nothing and removed, together with as much of the root system as possible.  Stump removal effectively frees up space that you can use for other purposes and guarantees that the tree won't regrow.

What other ideas are there for leftover tree stumps?

  1. You could ask the tree service contractors to leave part of the stump behind as a decorative feature for your garden.  Why not place a natural terracotta container on top of the stump and plant it up with ivy and other greenery for a pleasing display?  
  2. You could hollow-out the stump so that it can be used as a natural planter.  To do this, simply take a sharp chisel and chip away the pulp from inside the stump.  You can then line the remaining shell with a plastic liner or pot, fill with compost, and plant it as desired.  
  3. If the stump is quite tall, you could place an attractive, ceramic bird bath on top of it.  
  4. Very large stumps can be sliced and the slices turned into tops for small tables.  If you're not into DIY, a local cabinet maker will be able to do this for you.  When the wood is polished and varnished, the grain can look beautiful, making a lovely feature for your home.

In conclusion

If you have to have one of your beloved trees felled, why not consider these options for the remaining stump?  Have a chat with a tree service contractor for more advice and information.