From Stump to Glow Up

Typically I utilize my blog to discuss different areas and topics related to lifestyle, health, and overall well-being, however this week I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and talk about our latest home project. A little over a month ago, we had a tree removed that was essentially rotting. Several landscapers in the neighborhood working on other homes would come over to us and be like, "Hey, you're tree is dead you should probs get rid of it." After the third or fourth suggestion my husband and I were both like, "OKAY, WE GET IT" and quickly had it removed before further judgement and salesmen came upon us. Once the tree was removed we had this little tree stump that we could not get rid of, so we decided to convert it into a little garden area and honestly guys it was so ridiculously easy and I wanted to share it with you just in case you have that stubborn area in your yard such as a tree stump or a dip in your yard that you want to spruce up-I got your back with some ideas!

Step 1: Visualize What You Want

Before hitting up that local nursery or Lowe's for some garden decor, first think about and visualize in your head exactly what you want. You don't want to go to the store and hang out there for hours (unless you're like me who could spend hours in a nursery) trying to decide what type of flowers, plants, or garden decor you want. You could also look up inspiration and ideas on Pinterest!

Step 2: Research! Research! Research!

Once you visualized it, make sure you do your research and pick plants that are native to your area. Would I love to plant several palm trees around my home and have my own oasis? Absolutely, but that money might as well be set on fire because palm trees cannot survive in our environment, so make sure you do your research on native plants/flowers. While conducting your research, double check to see which flowers flourish in straight sunlight (perennials) or those who may want that little bit of sun protection with some SPF shade. This is crucial and a mistake that happens constantly and unfortunately results in wasting money; if you purchase perennials that require direct sunlight in order to flourish and you plant them underneath your beautiful maple tree, they will wither and die.

Step 3: Shopping!

Yay one of the most fun steps! Once you've visualized what you want and did your research to make sure your plants will flourish in your area, go out and bring those babies home! When my husband and I went out, we went looking for the perennials to plant in the front yard for it has virtually no trees and no shade. The plants we went for were a celosia (pictured left) and coreopsis (pictured right); personally the celosia is my favorite I mean, look how beautiful it is!

Step 4: Get To Work

Now that you've purchased your plants and decor, it's time to get to work! We first placed all of our new flowers where we wanted them around the tree stump (rotating in between each flower), dug up and removed the roots, and then planted our new beauties. Once you plant anything (flowers, trees, etc.), make sure you add in mulch afterwards to help conserve moisture. Now, this project did take about two weeks because in addition with our plants, we purchased some garden decor to place on top of our stump. We ordered a beautiful and inexpensive solar powered bird bath on Amazon and once it arrived, we went to work and added it to complete our garden ensemble. Guys, believe me when I tell you that constructing the fountain (at least the one we ordered), was the easiest part and took virtually no time to put together. All it required was screwing in the bowl to the post portion, that's it. In addition, to keep our fountain to stay (because it is plastic and we were afraid it would blow away), we nailed it into the stump through open areas on the bottom of the fountain and if you look closely at the photo below you can see it.

I hope this gave you some inspo to start on that home or gardening project! Not only does it make your space look more beautiful but if you live with a roommate/significant other/spouse it gives you an activity you can do together! Now during quarantine, we're a little limited as to what we can do and where we can go so it's the perfect time to start working on our home projects. Have a beautiful day!

Gardners, I think, dream bigger dreams than emperors
Mary Cantwell
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