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Landscaping around tree stumps
We did a story a few years ago about using a tree stump as a pedestal for a large flower basket. If you have multiple stumps, that could work as well, using smaller planters. In our case, we nailed a wire frame to the base of the trunk, then lined the wire frame with moss, filled it with potting mix, and planted a variety of plants. If any of your stumps are living, you can allow them to become new trees. Just pick the strongest stem and eliminate the competing stems. Then prune the first couple of years to make sure that you have one stem and horizontal branching. To kill living stumps, cut off new growth and paint an herbicide such as Roundup on the top of the stump along the perimeter, where the living tissue is found.
Luke Miller, editor
Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living magazine