Wooden Stump Planters

Posted by Tammy Sons on 13th Nov 2015

Wooden Planters Made From stumps

Some people like to add a touch of whimsy to their gardens. Some add wooden sculptures to their garden, placed to look like it came from the plants itself. Others place animal statues or mobiles in weird places so as to look like the landscape. Another way is to add a rustic look by adding planters made from tree stumps themselves. These planters add a natural look, giving another level to the garden while looking like they grew out of the ground itself. 

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The stumps are petrified wood, aged wood where the cells of the tree have been replaced by minerals over time. The minerals copy the look of the of the original plant, turning the tree to stone over a process that can take decades if not centuries. Because the petrified wood is so brittle, carving the trees into planters has to be done very carefully. Another option is to take the stump of an old enough tree, usually forty or fifty years old, and carve out the center. Although those stumps are not as hard, or heavy, as the petrified kind, they can be used for much the same use; they just tend to rot over time and become a more literal part of the surroundings.

After the stump has been found and carved, it can then be used for a number of different uses. Petrified wood stumps have found use as the base of fountains or as small fish ponds, making for some interesting lawn ornaments. Both kinds usually end up as wooden planters in a variety of surroundings, ranging from gardens to driveways, wherever their owners wish to have an additional natural touch. There are a number of ways to incorporate the wooden planters into the overall theme of the house, usually in a fun way.

The obvious use of these stumps is as garden decorations, with perennials growing out of the tops of them, and usually placed to look somewhat natural. The gardener is advised to treat them as normal planters, but to allow for natural drainage, especially if the stump is made of aged wood rather than stone. The bottom third should be filled with sand to both weigh it down and allow for drainage, while the remainder should be filled with potting soil. This will allow any plants inside to grow healthy and be easily cared for. 

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The usual role that the stump plays is as planter, so as to emphasize its appearance by camouflaging it. When choosing perennials for it, keep in mind the root length of the plants in order to make sure that they have plenty of room to grow; some of the stumps are relatively thin, making it difficult for larger plants. Otherwise the sky is the limit, and a few wooden sculptures placed next to the stump can really add to the effect of plants growing out of a tree stump, especially if those sculptures are less abstract and modeled after real animals or look vaguely humanoid. 

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Regardless of how you do it, wooden planters add a charming touch to almost every scene in which they find themselves. With the addition of wooden sculptures, the planter's true nature can be camouflaged, making it look as if it grew from the ground on which it stands, especially if it is partially buried or dirt covers some of the roots. It can definitely add a nice touch of whimsy, especially when done right and with care to match the surrounding area. With a little care, they can actually grow into the surrounding area, making for some stories later on when its origins have been obscured by time.