Turning Hollow Tree Stumps into Planters

samnsarahApril 17, 2012

I have two hollow tree stumps in my back yard. They are both located in full sun. Is it alright to turn these into planters for annual or perennial flowers? A friend of mine thought they might just become a harbor for termites or carpenter ants. Both stumps are more than 20 feet from the house. I was considering planting a combination of Gold Nugget Coreopsis, Purity Coneflowers, and Red Sun Blanket Flowers in them. I know the stumps wouldn't be a permanent planter, since they would eventually decay. But is it even a good idea to even use them as planters or not?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

you are the lord of your domain.. who cares what the knaves think ...

added water.. will make the stumps rot faster...

you might want to drill some holes near the bottom for drainage .. if the stump still holds water..

otherwise .. ka-nock yourself out.. sounds like a good idea to me..

post pix when they are in their prime..

ken

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 5:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
terrene(5b MA)

Yes stumps are attractive to termites, but there's not much you can do about that. The way I figure, better the termites have something to eat out there than be attracted to my house.

Last year I watched a Pileated woodpecker chip away at one of my rotting stumps in the back garden and feast on the termites for a good 10 minutes.

As for planting into the stump, I have no idea if plants will grow well under such conditions. Gardening is sometimes an experiment and that sounds like a good one!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 6:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
samnsarah

You're right, ken. Who cares what the knaves think? Both stumps drain very fast. I am going to try it. Like terrene said, it would be a good experiment. I may plant some annuals to see if they will grow before I invest in perennials. And, yes, I will post photos.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 2:35PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
NEWBIES: stay out of your garden
ALL NEWBIES .... I KNOW YOU HAVE THE FEVER.... the...
ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5
What perennials can I plant where moss is growing? (7aVA)
Help me wise gardeners! This is one of my north facing...
traveler000mkl
When is the best time to divide Siberian iris?
I live in SW PA, and last year I noticed that my SIberian...
vlk20
lost blooms on azalea and hydrangea
It got below freezing last night and today I noticed...
southerngardening24
What is this flowering vine?
Sorry I am so ignorant, but can someone tell me what...
jacqueline9CA
Sponsored Products
Nourison Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Nourison Rugs Amore Ink 7 ft. 10 in. x 10 ft.
Home Depot
48" Large Single Basin Copper and Wood Vanity
Artisan Crafted Home
"Brian" Argyle Frame
$995.00 | Horchow
Sea Breeze Vertical Planter
$24.99 | Dot & Bo
Seven Springs Satin Nickel Six-Light Chandelier
$578.00 | Bellacor
Sophie II Area Rug
Home Decorators Collection
Terra Cotta Round Usuki Planter - Set of 2 - 8396-2402
$479.99 | Hayneedle
L Table Lamp by Nemo
$310.20 | Lumens
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™