Old Stump Succulent Planter - Weekend Yard Work Series

23 April
I've been working hard on my yard since I bought my little fixer-upper house last September. I've had a new sprinkler system installed, pulled like a million weeds, and planted some things. I also made the decision to hire a lawn care service to get my lawn back in shape. It was a mess but I'm already seeing improvements!

Today I want to share a fun little succulent planter I made with an old log I found in the yard.

Planting succulents in an old tree log

As I said, this tree stump was lying in the yard when I bought the house.

It's very strange how it had this perfectly round bowl in it... I don't know what it's from... I suspect the weird homeowners were doing something equally weird with it. My new neighbors tell me that they used to have sword fights in this backyard! The poor apple tree in the yard has chop marks all over it where they must have been practicing with their swords :o(

Anyway, back to the stump planter!

I thought this needed hens and chicks planted in it (maybe I'm just as weird as they are)! I hope it works... hens and chicks are a succulent... succulents don't need as much water as most plants... the wood should hold in some of the moisture when it does get watered... that's my thought process anyway, we'll see...

I'm so excited that nicer weather is finally here, I've got so many fun plans for my backyard! Lots of hard work in store too... I can't tell you how many dandelions I've pulled out... buckets and buckets of them!

How was your weekend? Did you get any yard work done? Have any big plans for your yard this year?

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  1. Looks so cute Tania! Sorry about the sprinkler system - what a PITA! Your rickety fence looks better than my rickety fence if that makes you feel any better...


  2. It's lookin' good!! Love the bowl stump planter!

  3. Wow Tania! You made me tired just reading this. Your yard is looking good! I love that Twisted Filbert tree. So cool...I have never seen one. I always have grand plans for my yard, but then I get overwhelmed with the size of it and give up. We live on five acres (mostly wooded) but our yard is probably about an acre. Some day I am going to devote more time to the yard.,,,when we finish the inside of our house I hope! Have a great Friday and weekend!

  4. I'm always amazed at your energy and at how much you accomplish. The yard is really shaping up.

  5. Your garden is coming along nicely. I think my favorite is the contorted filbert bush.

    I too have a wheelbarrow in my garden and right now it is spilling over with petunias.

  6. Those arborvitaes from Costco are great -- we've gotten those before and they were fantastic, and a fantastic deal for sure! Nice work all around!

  7. I can relate to what you're dealing with in your yard. We don't have a sprinkler system (which is good because it would be yet another expense) but the previous owners left an overgrown mess and junk piles. I don't think they ever did any maintenance or cleaned house either. Like you, I'm cleaning up and clearing out so I can start with a fresh slate. That twisted tree is very unique and interesting and tree stumps are good for tucking into beds. I've uncovered a couple so far and plan on keeping them.
    Love your little terracotta plant pot man! I think I need to make one of those.

  8. You have been one busy, busy girl. I love everything you have done. Great work!


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