How to cover up a stump in your garden

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How to cover up a stump in your garden
Concealing an unsightly tree stump costs less than paying to have it extracted. (aopsan/iStock/Getty Images)

Tree stumps are generally unsightly in gardens, and most people choose to remove them. However, stump removal isn't a practical solution if you can't manually dig out stumps or operate large, heavy equipment, such as stump grinders. Covering an unwanted tree stump with a raised flowerbed adds appeal and allows the stump to rot down naturally. Concealing a stump with a raised flowerbed can transform an eyesore into an aesthetically appealing visual attraction.

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Things you need

  • Landscaping stones or bricks
  • Potting soil
  • Rake
  • Water
  • Flowering plants
  • Garden mulch

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  1. 1

    Place a single tier of landscaping stones or bricks around the stump to create the perimeter of the area designated for the raised flowerbed. Do not stack the stones or bricks, just create the outline for the flowerbed. Position the stones or bricks so that they touch each other.

  2. 2

    Cover the base of the designated flowerbed with potting soil. Fill the outlined area with enough potting soil to thoroughly conceal the stump.

  3. 3

    Shape the potting soil so that the flowerbed resembles a plateau. Pack the soil into the plateau-shaped mound around the stump.

  4. 4

    Continue building up tiers of landscaping stone or brick around the plateau-shaped mound of potting soil. Place the stones or bricks snugly against each other to prevent them from falling over. Completely surround the mound with the stone or brick border.

  5. 5

    Rake the surface of the soil to prepare for planting flowers. Slightly moisten the potting soil with water.

  6. 6

    Plant flowering plants in the raised flowerbed. Choose plants that are appropriate for your garden and the amount of sunlight the bed will receive. Follow each individual flower's planting instructions.

  7. 7

    Cover the potting soil with an even layer of garden mulch for moisture retention.

Tips and warnings

  • Place potted cascading flowers, such as petunias, on tree stumps as an alternative to building a garden.

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