Woman drills into an unsightly tree stump. Soon, it’s the highlight of her backyard

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STACY RISENMAY / NOT JUST A HOUSEWIFE

Having a tree removed is never fun, and often very costly. While many companies will remove the cuttings and the stump, they may charge an extra fee. Rather than have them take away all that wood, here are some fantastic ways to put it to use in your yard while saving you some money.
With a little elbow grease and some potting soil, you are on your way to a stunning make-over that can last many seasons. You don’t have to be a carpentry expert to make these stunning planters.
Turning a stump into a planter
The stump of a tree can easily be turned into the highlight of a yard, and a perfect way to remember a tree that may hold sentimental value but had to be removed due to hazardous growth. This Old House recommends digging out the center but leaving at least 3 inches for the outer border of the stump. Be sure also to drill drainage holes outward from the hole at a downward slope. Then fill as you would any large planter. Over years, the stump will eventually deteriorate.
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