As with many garden features, doing it yourself means you can create one the perfect size to suit the style, shape, and dimensions of your garden.
First, decide where to position the stumpery. A spot near a pond can be ideal as it allows wildlife to go between the two sites as insects, frogs, and other wildlife will appreciate the stumpery.
You can plan when to create the stumpery around timings of removing any trees or large shrubs from the garden. On the other hand, you can get the materials from family, friends, or neighbours that are getting rid of these. Alternatively, contact local tree surgeons or builders to check if there are any available from their jobs.
Before getting started, prepare the ground by forking over the area and removing any weeds.
Then, these next steps will depend on the amount of wood you have, and whether you are linking them together.
For the stumps, dig holes that are around three feet deep and placing them into the ground, with roots facing upwards. Push them tightly into the ground, fixing them firmly in place.
When they are in place, the area can be embellished with ferns, hostas, and other shade loving or woodland style plants. Some perfect plants for woodland gardens include ferns such as Asplenium scolopendrium (hart’s tongue fern), Polypodium vulgare (common polypody) and Asplenium trichomanes (maidenhair spleenwort). As well as flowers like bluebells, foxgloves, and the wonderfully fragranced Convallaria majalis (lily-of-the-valley).