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    helping_hubby
    What to do with tree stumps? Plants to hide?
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    • 18th Jul 08, 10:36 AM
    What to do with tree stumps? Plants to hide? 18th Jul 08 at 10:36 AM
    We've just moved home and one of the first things we've done is had 6 huge conifer trees cut down that were very close to the house. We're now left with 6 tree stumps in a row at the front of the front garden. I got a quote this morning for having them grinded down and it was £180. Our budget for doing the house up is spreading very thin and other safety issues in the house are more important.

    I had wanted to put some sort of pivet hedge or easily prunable bushes where the trees were to give some privacy to the house.

    Is there anything that for now will grow around the stumps to hide them?

    Does anyone know how long it takes for tree stumps to rot?

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  • Chazpots
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    • 18th Jul 08, 10:42 AM
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    • 18th Jul 08, 10:42 AM
    Not something I'm familiar with but found this on another thread. Is it any good to you?

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080208024138AABT7e9

    Hope this helps,

    Chaz
  • helping_hubby
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    • 18th Jul 08, 10:49 AM
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    • 18th Jul 08, 10:49 AM
    I wonder how much hard work it would be to dig. The smallest one is 4 inches, the largest is about 14 inches.

    We could just do a little bit each day. It's just the fact that there are 6 of them is a bit off putting. But they are quite ugly.

    I'll give digging a go later today on the smaller one.

    I suppose in a years time we could afford to have them grinded. I just don't want to live with them like this for a year. I'll try digging. Will let you know how I get on.

  • Furpurse
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    • 18th Jul 08, 12:32 PM
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    • 18th Jul 08, 12:32 PM
    We had to cut down 40 of them when we first moved in. Two of them were quite big (id say about 14 inches). Just the stumps left now.
    My dad came round and got rid of one of the big ones in about an hour. He just dug around the stump until he reached the roots and then used an axe and a small electric saw.
    I have got one of the small ones up myself. If you have enough space around the stump then with some perciverance you should be able to get it out.
    Four of mine are against a wall so im not going to bother with those. I have planted some Sugar Cane Grass to block the view of next doors concrete garage where the 4 furs once stood.

    We have 1 stump that looks quite attractive with ivy growing around it. It didnt take long for the ivy to grow and cover the whole stump either.
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 18th Jul 08, 6:57 PM
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    • 18th Jul 08, 6:57 PM
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    • 18th Jul 08, 6:57 PM
    You can rent something for the job fairly cheaply from HSS hire. I'd also suggest a session with the training guy as you don't really want to go around wielding a stump grinder without adequate training first. My ex happens to do this kind of thing for HSS, so I'm recommending it because it makes sense, not to help him out!

    Did you know that archaeologists are still digging up tree stumps from neolithic times?

    I'd also suggest looking into specialist plants websites for mushroom kits - you might be able to drill holes and impregnate a stump with really pricey mushrooms.
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  • helping_hubby
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    • 19th Jul 08, 9:10 AM
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    • 19th Jul 08, 9:10 AM
    Well we attempted the digging yesterday. It was really hard work, but I figure a little a day won't hurt. I managed to expose and saw through some roots of one stump. The roots are huge. 2 - 3 inches in diameter. A relative is going to lend us a small electric saw and an axe. That should help a bit.

    If this manual way fails, I'll look into hiring. That's not something i even thought you could do.

    Growing mushrooms scares me, but what a great idea...I'll have a google about that.

  • jackieb
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    • 19th Jul 08, 9:17 AM
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    • 19th Jul 08, 9:17 AM
    My dh cut down a leylandi when we moved in 4 weeks ago. The root is massive. It looks like a huge piece of root ginger. There's no way we're going to be able to dig it out. He was going to drill into them and put some root killer into the stump.

    There are several trees in the back garden that have been cut down in the past and their stumps have rotted and they're going to come out easier.
  • MrsE
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    • 19th Jul 08, 9:41 AM
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    • 19th Jul 08, 9:41 AM
    We've just moved home and one of the first things we've done is had 6 huge conifer trees cut down that were very close to the house. We're now left with 6 tree stumps in a row at the front of the front garden. I got a quote this morning for having them grinded down and it was 180. Our budget for doing the house up is spreading very thin and other safety issues in the house are more important.

    I had wanted to put some sort of pivet hedge or easily prunable bushes where the trees were to give some privacy to the house.

    Is there anything that for now will grow around the stumps to hide them?

    Does anyone know how long it takes for tree stumps to rot?
    Originally posted by helping_hubby
    SNAP!!!!


    But I'm amazed you said only 180, I haven't had a quote, but I guess mine would be a lot more.

    Maybe my trees were much taller, they were the heigth of a two story house. So that would mean bigger stups & roots I guess?

    I thought I was going to have to pay something horrendios to get them out.
  • elsien
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    • 19th Jul 08, 10:37 AM
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    • 19th Jul 08, 10:37 AM
    If you leave them, the stumps take years to rot down - I had some cut down a few years ago and they're still good as new. (they're too close to the fence to be able to dig out -That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it.)
    The other alternative to pretty them up for now is to stick some pots on top - takes the eye away from the stump and onto the flowers. Unless you really improve the soil around where the tree were, you might find it's not much use for growing plants in anyway at the moment.
    Good luck with the digging.
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  • MrsE
    If you leave them, the stumps take years to rot down - I had some cut down a few years ago and they're still good as new. (they're too close to the fence to be able to dig out -That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it.)
    The other alternative to pretty them up for now is to stick some pots on top - takes the eye away from the stump and onto the flowers. Unless you really improve the soil around where the tree were, you might find it's not much use for growing plants in anyway at the moment.
    Good luck with the digging.
    Originally posted by elsien
    Mine are near the fence too.

    I will have to get mine removed at some point as I want the front totally hard covered, with no grass or beds left.
    • bella165
    • By bella165 19th Jul 08, 5:32 PM
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    bella165
    . There's no way we're going to be able to dig it out. He was going to drill into them and put some root killer into the stump.

    .
    Originally posted by jackieb

    i hope you know nothing will then grow in that spot for approx 5 years if you do that,
    its time consuming if you do it your self,but if you split the stump in half as they have quite week roots it will be easy to split the roots down,insted of trying to get it all out in one go,
    best of luck to you,

    pps we have mushrooms growing on our at the bottom or the garden,and there yummy when picked fresh and they wont harm the kids if they eat them raw
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  • SKIPPY54
    Hi,I have two large stumps,one my son is going to carve into a totem pole the other I am going to cut into a high back chair and leave it to sit on.
    If you think this has helped make my day and hit the thanks button
  • jackieb
    i hope you know nothing will then grow in that spot for approx 5 years if you do that,
    its time consuming if you do it your self,but if you split the stump in half as they have quite week roots it will be easy to split the roots down,insted of trying to get it all out in one go,
    best of luck to you,
    Originally posted by bella165
    Thanks. I didn't know that. We've bought some Roundup tree stump and root killer and it doesn't say that anywhere on the box. It says it fully degrades in soil and leaves no harmful residues and allows replanting - doesn't mention how long though! I'm not that bothered mind you - i'm just glad the monstrosity is down. It was about 3ft from our livingroom window and it was as high as our 2 storey house. I would have taken a picture of the stump but my son's nicked the batteries from my camera. :rolleyes:

    Why do people plant these things and let them grow wild? :confused:
    • bella165
    • By bella165 19th Jul 08, 5:51 PM
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    omg if it was that close and high i would get the people who knows how to remove as thats FAR to close and the roots could be 1/2way under your foundations and if you were to kill the roots with a killer it could degrade and when it shrinks it could cause a weakness there,
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  • jackieb
    The roots seem to have taken the path of least resistance and seem to have run up the side of the house. When I say it was about 3ft from the livingroom window, it wasn't by the front but at the side. Anyhow it's down now. He cut it down by hand with a bowsaw - £3+ from B&Q!
    • bella165
    • By bella165 19th Jul 08, 5:55 PM
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    well done him
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  • helping_hubby
    Thanks for the other suggestions and thanks regarding root kill = no plants for 5 years as that was my last resort but I want to be planting flowers there.

    The problem with mine is it's hard to pretty up because it's in the front garden. Pots would probably be stolen, making a bench out of it is pointless in a front garden.

    My dad made a bird feature out of his tree stump in his back garden. He deliberately left some branches on it to hang feeders from and left it about 5 foot high. It looks really good.

    I have a picture of my stumps:



    The conifers were taller than the house. Maybe half the house height taller. Maybe that'll give you a better comparison to see what quote you might get for grinding your stump Mrs E.
    Last edited by helping_hubby; 20-07-2008 at 8:41 AM.

  • amcluesent
    So I paid for a chap to grind out tree stumps, min charge was £60 which covered the first hour of work.

    TBH having seen the machine he used, I'd not be minded to hire one and 'have a go' myself!

    That said, the result was excellent, everything chipped to 20cm below ground level and was replanted that week, not 5 years!

    >I have a picture<

    As you have easy access, I reckon they could use a machine where the chipping wheel is on the end of hydraulically controlled arm which makes short work of larger tree stumps and the root ball.
    Last edited by amcluesent; 19-07-2008 at 9:50 PM.
  • evilgoose
    You can buy plugs impregnated with mushroom spores (edible ones) - you drill out a hole, pop in the plug and hey presto 0 lots of fancy mushrooms to eat.
  • maimee magic
    Where do you buy the plugs for the mushrooms?
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