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  • Joined Jul 2011
Tree into stump?
« on: November 10, 2019, 10:12:06 pm »
I had to get the pros in to take down a huge dead oak - nice bunch of guys.One of them suggested gouging a hole into the stump. putting some soil in and planting an oak seedling - claims as it grows it's roots will find their way through the slowly rotting stump??

Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Tree into stump?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2019, 06:45:24 am »
Yes. But make sure it's well down below soil level so roots get good hold. Might be worth putting in a few to hedge your bets, excuse the pun.


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Re: Tree into stump?
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2019, 04:15:41 pm »
Why not just plant seedling right next to the stump instead  ??? :innocent:


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Re: Tree into stump?
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2019, 05:19:47 pm »
Why not gouge out the centre as suggested and use it as a planter for annuals or similar.


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Re: Tree into stump?
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2019, 07:42:10 pm »
My tree surgeon made mine into a seat - I'll gravel round it in spring and put in pots of plants to attract wildlife
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Re: Tree into stump?
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2019, 10:25:38 pm »
It was just an interesting idea. As to other stump options - well this tree is part way up a hill above the drive in mixed woodland and bramble between drive and road going up the hill...not a scenic spot or easily accessible.The dead tree could have hit my hobby shed or greenhouses if it ever came down. It died 2 years ago after pruning by professionals due to poor soil depth (it started coming back but then we had some weeks of drought) and the thing was huge. The log has been trimmed to a rot free 19 foot length x 3 foot width. It seemed a shame to waste it as firewood so the guys are punting around via their contacts for a buyer but apparently it'd cost about 500 to get it to a saw-mill with the gear/manpower needed but would make a superb beam or many many planks.


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