Last weekend we visited the San Francisco Botanical Garden and I was reminded of a great use for tree stumps. Turn them into planters!
How to Make a Planter from a Tree Stump:
1. Use a chisel and mallot to carve a round hole in the stump. Make it as deep as you can. Leave at least 3 inches around the edge of the stump, so you don't weaken the sides.
2. Use a drill to create holes for drainage.
3. Place rocks in the bottom of the planter to improve drainage. If your rocks are smaller than your drainage hole, put a screen down before adding the rocks.
4. Fill the planter with nutrient rich soil. Like any other planter, the plants are totally dependent upon you for nutrients.
5. Add plants that fit your Hardiness Zone and the lighting conditions of your planter.
Three of our trees were blown over in storms last spring. We have yet to dispose of the trunks, so I will be making frugal, eco-friendly planters with them very soon.