How to Hide Tree Stumps

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How to Hide Tree Stumps
Plant honeysuckle or other flowering vines to hide tree stumps. (Honeysuckle image by StylezInk from

Removing a tree that's dying or presenting a hazard gives a sense of relief. But once the sawdust settles, the question of what to do about the stump arises. The same concern applies when first planning the landscape for a property marred by tree stumps. Plant the garden to incorporate and hide the tree stumps. Create a natural effect with the right plants--causing it to appear as though the tree stumps never existed.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Large pots of perennial flowering vines--3 to 5 for each stump
  • Evergreen shrubs (optional)
  • Shovel

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    Buy well-established perennial vines or creepers to provide immediate coverage. Perennial plants grow year round--or in cold areas, go dormant for the winter and leaf out in the spring. Honeysuckle, clematis and vinca--also known as myrtle and periwinkle--grow into canopies of foliage and flowers and make effective stump coverage. In areas with harsh winters, purchase evergreen shrubs to camouflage the stumps.

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    Dig holes for the vines at a distance of 3 to 4 feet from each stump. Depending on the sizes of the plants, dig three to five holes around each stump at a depth 6 inches deeper than the height of the pot or root ball. It isn't necessary to dig in the root-dense area at the base of the stump. If one spot is difficult to dig, try farther away from the stump.

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    Dig additional holes for evergreen shrubs, if desired.

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    Remove any ties and stakes included with the vine plants. The vines grow along the ground and over the stumps--stakes aren't needed for this project.

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    Plant each vine and tamp the soil down. Water them immediately.

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    Spread mulch around each plant to insulate the roots and retain moisture in the soil.

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    Arrange the vines over each stump. Gently untangle the strands and spread them out. The vines will grow and provide more coverage.

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    Plant evergreen shrubs as close as possible to the stump to hide the stump from view year-round.

Tips and warnings

  • If the soil is extremely hard, full of roots, or otherwise too difficult to plant in, buy large, low planters. Wash tubs, troughs or any other low container will work--just put in drainage holes. Plant the vines or shrubs in the containers. Ring them around each stump and place one container right on the stump for a dimensional container garden to hide the stump.
  • Cover the vines with mulch for the winter if the area gets frost or snow.
  • Use a hand truck or get help with moving heavy plants. Lift with your legs, not with your back. Don't risk an injury.

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