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Need some new and innovative gardening ideas?
If you're one of those people who is always looking for the next creative project to take on in your backyard, look no further! If you happen to have an old tree stump just sitting there gathering weeds and taking up space, this DIY project should do the trick.
Remove the centre of the tree stump. Wearing safety glasses, chip away at the center of the stump with the pointed end of a sharpened mattock.
As the hole gets bigger, switch to the mattock's wider end. Work your way toward the edges of the stump, leaving at least a 3-inch border, to create a hole 4 to 8 inches deep.
Make drainage holes. While it's not absolutely necessary to have drainage holes, it will certainly help the stump last longer and prevent any possible issues with root rot later on if plants become overly saturated. Using a hand or power drill, make drainage holes into the side of the stump so that they slope toward the ground.
Add some free-draining material, like gravel, and then fill with soil/compost from your garden. Then plant whatever flowers or succulents you want to brighten the place up! Take a look!
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The succulents are my personal favourite, but they are all beautiful. Make sure you're planting something that will thrive in the soil and the sunlight (depending on where your tree stump is). Succulents do not require as much sun as other flowers, so if your stump is in the shade most of the day, perhaps opt for the succulents. If it's in direct sunlight, go crazy! Enjoy watching your stump transform into a beautiful garden display!
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What you can do
Plant trees to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere for everyone.
Planting flowers and reusing tree stumps is a great way to give back to the Earth and reduce our carbon emissions.