Thrifty Yankee Pollinator Friendly Tree Stumps

Six hazardous trees were removed since I’ve lived here, three of which were towering white pines. One had partially come down and damaged another tree; another was hanging over our house and a limb took down our neighbor’s fence. I would never want to remove a tree unless it was creating a hazard that couldn’t be mitigated with cabling and pruning. It’s also very expensive! The cost to have the white pines taken down were almost $2,000 each. Stump grinding would have added an additional $400 each at that time. One was ground down but the rest? Here’s what I did with them!

Front yard:

I planted succulents in the vintage donkey planter and on the stump itself. A maple tree is growing and moss and mushrooms fill in the rest.

I plant annuals in this one, violas this year, and love the way clovers are growing through a crack in the barrel.


A maple is growing on this white pine stump, too.

And a blank canvas! My plan is to wait another year or so until the center softens so Wayne can remove it. Once it’s hollowed out I’ll plant perennials inside of it. I may put a birdbath on it in the meantime.

Green fungus on decaying tree limb

In my woods there are many downed trees which provide shelter for wildlife and a place for mushrooms to thrive.

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