There are all kinds of reasons homeowners need to remove a tree, ranging from new construction in the yard to an unhealthy tree that needs to be removed to simply redesigning the landscaping. Typically, when we remove a tree we also grind down the stump to clear the area for its new use. After all, who wants to have an old tree stump sticking up?
But an old stump doesn’t have to be an eyesore. There are actually many creative uses for an old stump if you’re willing to do a little work.
If you are skilled at woodworking, one striking use is to create a wood sculpture out of the stump. This takes some advance planning, however, so you’ll need to design your sculpture before you have the tree removed so that you know how much of the stump you’d like to retain. Looking for some inspiration? Take a walk around Westlake lake — there are some beautiful and really striking “stump sculptures” in the yards of the houses on the Island. You can see some of these as you walk on the greenbelt around the lake, or you can take a closeup look if you take a boat ride around the lake.
Other Creative Solutions
Not particularly skilled at working with wood? No problem — sculpting is hardly the only use for an old stump. Think about these creative solutions:
Finally, if this all sounds like just too much work, give us a call — we’ll be happy to give you an estimate on removing a tree and removing the stump as well!