Create a Container Garden on a Tree Stump

Create a Container Garden on a Tree Stump

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A Creative Way to Disguise a Tree Stump

Old tree stumps may take a decade or more to rot away. In the meantime, they can be an eyesore. You can pay to have the stump ground to bits, or create an attractive focal point. Here’s an easy way to do it.

Form the Basket

Use an old wire basket or form one from galvanized steel field fencing cut to size. Cut and fold a portion of the wire fencing inward to serve as the base, then attach it to the stump with wire tacks. To extend the life of the tree stump and discourage insects, apply a preservative, such as polyurethane, to the stump before starting the project.

Pack With Moss

Soften a bale of sphagnum moss by soaking it in water for about half a minute. Fill the perimeter of the basket by compressing the moss in and around the wire frame.

Add Soil

Fill the basket with a soilless potting mix containing fertilizer. For a 4-foot-diameter stump like this one, you’ll need about three 2.5-cubic-foot bags.

Moisten the Planter

Tamp the soil gently to remove air pockets, and then moisten to settle the soil. Add more soil mix to the level of the basket rim.

Plant the Basket

Add your choice of plants. This planter includes a tall specimen, such as the burgundy New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax) for the centerpiece or thriller. Surround it with spreading fillers, such as geranium and licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare) and trailing spillers, such as Nemesia and sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima). To fill the sides, carefully dig holes through the moss liner, and push plant roots through the gaps until making contact with the soil mix. Add extra moss to hide any wire that shows after planting.

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