How to landscape around a very large tree stump?
I am cutting down a 100 yr.old Oak tree which sits in front of my house. The tree's root system went into shock after our last hurricane and died. I can not afford to have the stump removed and it will be about 2 feet above ground. I am looking for a way to landscape around the tree truck. Hopefully, it won't be too awful with plants/scrubs or something around it. I live in zip code 77706 and the area will get the hot afternoon sun. p.s. I hate cutting down this beautiful old tree.
Submitted by ebridwell3817100

Hi, First of all, let me apologize for the slow response. Our Garden Doctor program has been rebuilt and out of action for about a month. Anyway, it's always difficult to remove a beloved tree, especially an oak or maple. You can grow anything that pleases you around this trunk. I suggest you go to our Plant Encyclopedia on this website and do an Advanced Search in order to get a planting list. Also, be aware that there are products you can buy at garden centers that you sprinkle over the tree trunk to help stimulate decomposition.

Answered by doug.jimerson
Community Answers (2)

I love stumps. Use it as a point of interest and make it the focal point of the bed. Pot a taller ornamental grass behind it, surround it with taller perennials and lower stuff in front. If you want, put a small garden statue (a squirrel or such would be cute) or a pretty pot with annuals in it on top of the stump.
Submitted by Croakie_SC zone 8