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May 1, 2020 1:57 PM CST
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Hi everyone. Looking for some advice on my back garden. Currently levelling again after years of pulling out large trees and bushes (and roots). Back right of garden is what remains of a large tree and a smaller stump that we cannot remove.
Was going to make a raised bed with sleepers along the back, but how can I make best use out of this area at back right, any ideas? Thank you.
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May 1, 2020 5:37 PM CST
Name: Lee-Roy
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If what remains of the tree is an eye sore to you, cut it down as low as possible and maybe even grind out the stump. If not, let it be (do make sure the back of the raised beds is closed off too, otherwise the soil will spill out to the neighbours) It'll slowly decompose through various organisms and enrich biodiversity in your garden while also slowly releasing nutrients.

If space is an issue, don't make the bed too deep - certainly if you want to grow edibles since you need to be able to reach all the way to the back as walking on it is not adviced. But this is depended on the most important question: what are the conditions: soil type and what amount of sun does it get?
May 2, 2020 1:45 PM CST
Name: Amanda
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Grow a vine on the stump to cover it up if you don't want to make it a unique focal point. Clematis is a good one.

Arico has some good ideas also. Thumbs up
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May 17, 2020 11:31 PM CST
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I'd cover it w chicken wire and plant a vine.

Stump grinders are worth money if you just need it gone. But not sure how close to the fence you can get one, hard to tell in the photo.
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Jun 2, 2020 7:26 PM CST
Kitchener, Ontario Canada
I would put a tiny door on it and a few windows and turn it into a gnome house with its own mini garden.
Jul 29, 2020 3:22 AM CST
Name: Bea
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In the many trees around my garden I have had a few taken down for various reasons. Each one is cut down to the ground as safely and as far as possible. Dig a trench around the stump In order to cut the stump lower than ground level.

Use a chain saw to score lines in the stump like a checkerboard 6"x6"x 3-4" deep . Be sure to apply any specticide or brush killer straight from the container paint with a brush on the freshly cut stump. OR...Use a large drill bit to drill several holes as deep as possible in the stump. Then any product above or apply stump remover commercially called Stump Killer. It has worked for me every time.

I generally leave it exposed to watch the process of decomposition then bury it during winter Or cover with a bucket or container large enough so no water or sun can be absorbed by the stump. That can be done without any application of stump remover. However it will take a long time for the stump to decompose on its own. Generally when stump killer is applied then by spring it's generally soft enough to use a pick axe to the top of the stump and remove. Then cover with layers of soil.
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Aug 5, 2020 8:44 AM CST
Lockhart, Texas (Zone 8b)
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I agree. That's an ugly stump and dead tree. And if you leave them there, they're an invitation to wood ants and such, even termites. If I couldn't do it myself (and at my age, I don't), I'd find a couple of yahoos with shovels and chain saws to dig down and get as much of it out as possible.

And along the lines of what Arico said, I'd leave walking access inside the fence, so you didn't have to wade all the way across the bed to work the far side. If you opt to use the slice and wait method of dealing with the tree, you don't need that space for anything but access anyway. And study your sun lines, so you know the light conditions through the days and seasons.
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