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What do I do with this stump?

So after thinking about cutting this overgrown thing down for at least two years I finally decided to do it today. This is what is left. I don't think I can face trying to dig it out though I might try and cut it a bit farther down. Any other suggested methods? I do have a lot of extra stones hanging around that I could use to create a little planter area around it. Or I could wait until November and have a mini bonfire...


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,683
    get a man in with a stump grinder
  • ManderMander Posts: 334
    I don't have the money for that sort of thing. This is strictly low budget DIY territory.
  • HeliosHelios Posts: 197
    We had a similar tree to deal with when we moved in. Took a lot of effort but we managed it. Took as much off the stump as possible, which you’ve already done, and then drilled holes all over the tops of the stumps which we then filled with stump killer and covered with a black plastic bag. It took several goes and lots of hard work but we finally beat it! Good luck.
  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Posts: 834
    Definitely try to properly kill it, or it will keep springing back to life and sending out new shoots from around the stump.  I speak from experience here!
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,800
    edited July 2020
    Conifers do not grow back from brown wood and, in my experience, the wood left behind rots fairly quickly especially after a wet winter so you could try and inject with stump killer now to hasten the process or just leave it to see what a wet winter and a few frosts do to it.

    If you're impatient, attack it with an axe to break it up.
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  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,636
    There is a method using a slow burning fire to consume a stump which you can find on YouTube. It might not be suitable given how close your stump is to that sewage? housing.
  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Posts: 834
    Oops sorry don't know why I thought it was a fuchsia!  No wonder I couldn't figure out the second picture! 
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
     That reminded me about  seeing a large broken earthenware pot on Google with sempervivums cascading out of it but I would never have thought of using a tree stump, makes me wish I had one!
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,690
    Yes I saw the pot idea and loved it too @K67 Was thinking of putting something like that in my front garden gravel, but the gravel my be going so have held off.😁
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