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Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

What To Do With The Tree Stump After Removing The Tree

by Eugene Jones

If you have just cut down a tree in your yard, you will be enjoying having more space and more sunlight. You might not be enjoying the left behind stump, however. There are several ways you can remove a tree stump on your own. Here are some of the methods you can use to get rid of, or dress up, the stump left after a tree is removed.

Grinding The Stump

A tree stump can be removed using a stump grinder. This big piece of equipment is usually brought in by a professional tree service to remove the stump for you. If you feel confident that you can operate a stump grinder on your own, you can rent one from a larger hardware store or tool rental service. Make sure you wear the proper eye gear, gloves and other protective clothing when using the equipment. A stump grinder will break up the stump into small bits that can be hauled away for removal.

Burning The Stump

If you have a bit of time where you will be at home to supervise, burning can be a method used to remove the stump. Wait until you know there will be no inclement weather for at least a week so the wood will have a chance to dry out. Drill a few holes in the top portion of the stump and pour some kerosene or heating oil inside each hole so it will seep into the wood fibers. Wait a few days and set the stump on fire. It will slowly burn, leaving you with a pile of ashes when completed.

Digging Out The Stump

If the tree you removed was smaller in diameter, you might be able to dig out the stump on your own. Use a spade to dig around the perimeter, getting as close to the stump as possible. Once the roots are exposed, use an ax to chop them in a few spots so they loosen their hold from the ground. The stump will then be able to be lifted out of place.

Decorating The Stump

Some people enjoy the look of a decorated stump. You can do this by drilling a few holes into the top of the stump, weakening the wood in the process. Use a small ax to chop the wood and scoop it out of the top of the stump. Fill the newly formed hole with some potting soil and plant colorful flowers in the soil to spruce up the look of your property.

Talk to experts like Desert Gardens Outdoor Services, Inc. for more information.