Tree Stump Left Over? Use Flowers To Camouflage It

If you have just hired a tree service to cut down your tree, but do not have enough money to grind down the stump, there are ways you can camouflage it so it does not look unsightly in your yard. When you are ready to grind the stump down, it is easy to undo these things.

Plant Flowers

You can plant some colorful flowers around the stump to camouflage it.  To do this, first remove the grass from the area around the tree. You should dig it far back enough to give you room to plant flowers, such as approximately five feet.

Use a shovel to remove the top layer of grass. Use a hand tiller to break up the ground. You will likely have to go over it a few times until the soil is nice and loose. After this, purchase some compost from a garden center, apply a two-inch layer on the soil, and then use the tiller again to mix it in. Compost will give the flowers the nutrients they need.

Some flowers do better around a tree than others. This is because the tree's roots will suck up a lot of the water when you plant them. Some flowers you can choose from include:

  • Prim rose
  • Impatiens
  • Daffodils
  • Hostas
  • Lilies
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Bellflower

Remove the plant from the container, and dig a hole large enough for the root ball to sit in. Sit the plant in the hole. The bottom part of the plant should rest on top of the soil. Push the soil back into the hole, and pat it down. Do this for each plant, and then water them thoroughly.  Keep them constantly moist over the next two weeks to help them get established. After this time, one inch of water per week is fine.

You also may want to plant geraniums around the stump, as they will cascade over the top of it.

Container Flowers

If you do not want to plant flowers in the ground, you can put large containers of flowers around the tree stump. You can purchase these containers at garden centers already filled with flowers. If you want to make your own container of flowers, planting petunias in the middle, and then Bacopa—which will trail over the sides of its container—around the edges looks great. 

Purchase some garden soil, and mix in about a cup of compost for every gallon of soil. Plant the flowers in the same as as you did above. Make sure the containers have drainage holes in the bottom.

If you are having the tree trimmed, but still want to plant flowers around it, ask the tree trimming service (like Pete & Ron's Tree Service) to trim the tree enough so the flowers receive sun.