If you intend on getting trees removed in the near future, or if you have several tree stumps left behind from previous tree-removal sessions, chances are you do not care for the appearance they give to your yard. If you do not wish to pay for the removal of these stumps, consider revamping them into parts of your landscape's character. Here are some fun ways to dress up leftover tree stumps in your yard.
Use Stumps As Flower Planters
Many enjoy the look of tree stumps that are converted into planters to display bright blooms of flowers. To accomplish this look in your own yard, the middle portion of each stump will need to be removed. This can be done using a power drill with a wide drill bit. Simply drill several holes into the top of the stump to weaken the wood inside. Use a small hatchet to cut apart the wood when it starts to become loose. When the bulk of the wood is removed, the interior of the stumps can be filled with potting soil. Flowers can then be placed inside to give the property a pleasing appearance.
Make a Festive Resting Spot
Consider making small "chairs" out of the stumps in your yard. These are great features for those who have children, and tree-stump chairs will instantly give your landscaping a whimsical appearance sure to get people talking. This can be done much like the flower-planter procedure with the removal of the middle of a stump. Use a chainsaw to remove a portion of the side of the stump to create the seating area of the "chair." Use a sanding machine to smooth the interior of the stump. Paint the middle portion in a bright color and seal the paint in place using a coating of polyurethane.
Create a Checkerboard Table
If you have a large stump on your property, it can be repurposed into a game table for young and old alike to enjoy when outdoors. Use a sander to smooth the top surface of the stump. Paint a checkerboard on this area using two contrasting colors of bright-colored paint. Paint several stones in the same two colors. These will be your "checkers". After the paint has dried, add a coating of polyurethane to seal the color into place. Keep the stones on top of the checkerboard table or store them in a nearby shed for easy access when you wish to play a game.
As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.