Will a raised bed over tree stumps work?
Hi there everyone,
I’m new here and new to gardening! Plenty of ideas about what I like (from watching TV) but no idea if any of it is possible!
I live in a 1950s house which had huge cedars and conifers at the back - presumably planted when the house was built - I had them removed by a tree surgeon just before lockdown.
Unfortunately I’m now left with tree stumps out the back and quite a far reaching root system which can be felt under the lawn in front. Removing them with a digger not an option at the moment due to access / cost etc.
I wanted to ask some experienced gardeners if this plan would work to make the area look good:
I want to build a 4ft wall at the back of the garden, in a big rectangle, all around the stumps. After adding drainage, the idea would be to fill the whole thing with soil. Hopefully, this will have the dual effect of concealing the various tree stumps and providing a raised bedding area.
My hope is to plant a range hardy perennials, climbing plants up a new fence, and maybe transplant azalea from other spots in the garden to here.
My question really is whether you see any problems with this plan?
Would the tree stump and root system below cause issues with any planting?
Will anything ever grow in that area, even if good soil is filled in around and on top of the stumps?
Is there anything else I should consider?
For info, it is a spot in full sun.
I’ve enclosed a picture of the site now, minus trees, partially covered with chippings from the trees and the embarrassingly shoddy fence now revealed!
Any and all help or suggestions gratefully received!
Many many thanks for reading.