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Hard growth on an old tree stump - what is it?!

Planning to plant a shrub border in the garden of my new house but there’s a tree stump in it. There is something on top of it which looks a bit like fungus but is rock hard. Any ideas what it is, and whether / how it needs treating before I start planting shrubs around it? Thank you


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,875
    edited May 2020
    Hi @moore.lisa  🙂 
    It’s just a fungus ... some are hard, some are the more usual toadstool texture. 
    Personally I would just leave it to do it’s job of breaking down the rotting stump and providing a home and good for the many invertebrates who will be living there.  
    It’s not honey fungus so I wouldn’t worry. 
    I think it looks beautiful with the moss and fungus on that stump ... I’d plant around it with ferns and foxgloves and native primroses etc. Gorgeous. 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • moore.lisamoore.lisa Posts: 2
    Thank you so much for your advice, I can now plan my border properly without worrying about new plants dying off 🙂
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