Luke Townsley wrote:To make a stump rot faster from the inside out, cut a depression in the top so it collects water in the middle. You can even drill in to the pith so the water gets inside and soaks into the wood.
If your goal is to get rid of the stump, I would do the above drilling the widest hole I could down to soil level. I would then consider lightly packing the hole with compost or manure or something to get some nitrogen and microbial growth going and then make a regular hugelkulture bed over it. Around here in southern Indiana, I would expect it to be pretty much gone in 3-5 years.
Kevin Mace wrote:I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I have a similar question. I had to cut down a tree and I plan to use that space for a garden. Could I bury the stump and build a hugel bed there? The ground is kinda mounded up there anyway with the roots.
Sam Barber wrote:Are you planning on making the stump a stand alone bed or part of a long hugelkultur? I think it would be cool to see what happens when you just cover the stump up and then plant into it? This could also be a more natural way of getting rid of stumps if you covered the stump up with dirt waited a few yers and then just move all of the dirt along with the stump decayed inside of it to another location.
David Picariello wrote:I had to cut down 4 trees last summer because they had died. I did not stump grind them yet. I was thinking could i use the method of Hugelkultur while they are still in the ground. Any experts or anyone who has done this any words of encouragement would be great. I don't want to pay for them to be grinded if i can just use them as planting beds? If i can't use this method any one have a cheap way of getting rid of them besides digging them up your self? Thanks