Tree stumps can be an eye sore. They can also be expensive to remove. Instead of hiring someone to grind it out, save money by turning it into an attractive planter. Here’s what you’ll need for this quick and inexpensive beginner’s level project:
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Power Drill/Driver
- Auger Bit (Extra Long, 3/8” – ½”)
- Wood Chisel
- Potting Soil
- Mulch (Optional)
- Gravel (Optional)
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear.
- Eye Protection
Make the planter hole. Start by chipping away at the center of the tree stump with the pointed end of your mattock. As the hole gets larger, work your way around the edges with the wide end of the tool, creating a border at least three inches thick and a hole at least four inches deep. Use a hammer and chisel to carve out the edges if you’d like. When the hole is complete, be sure to remove debris so you’ll have a clean area for planting.
Drill drainage holes. Drill two or three drainage holes with an extra-long auger bit, making sure they’re angled toward the ground for proper drainage.
Fill and plant. Once your holes are ready, it’s time to start planting. Add soil, plant your favorite flowers or herbs, and mulch if needed. Your project is complete. Step back and admire your new tree stump planter!