If you’re a regular reader you’ve seen my bird bath stump before. For those who haven’t, a long while ago our cherry tree had to come down, and that left us with a stump. Instead of removing it, I had the idea to use it.
I bought a bird bath with a spike though the middle that would hold it down, and we drilled a hole into the top of the stump to fit the spike. This meant the stump was used by the birds for bathing and by nuthatch and woodpecker hunting bugs, and that the stump could break down on it’s own providing habitat for insects.
As you can see, the insects certainly got to work on it!
Recently we decided it was time to remove it. We levered and dug it out, which wasn’t too difficult; a couple of big roots remained but there was a lot of decay.
Some trees in my area have been felled due to damage, so I was able to procure a new stump (or branch section) which we have put in to replace the old one. I really wanted to continue having this feature in my garden.
This one is oak. We buried about a foot of it to keep it steady as it doesn’t have roots. It’s also a little to the right and a bit further from the meadow so it’s easier to mow behind it.
The old cherry stump hasn’t gone far! It’s still in the garden to continue breaking down and feeding the insects, along with my dead wood piles.
The new stump looks good and the birds haven’t seemed to notice the difference 😀
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