Eliminate Narrow Tree Stumps Before Planting Shrubs In Your Front Yard

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Eliminate Narrow Tree Stumps Before Planting Shrubs In Your Front Yard

7 September 2017
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If slightly uneven terrain that contains a few narrow tree stumps currently borders your front yard and you would like to plant shrubs across the land to provide your property with a manicured appearance, the project below will inform you how to eliminate stumps and clear and level the land before planting shrubs.

You Will Need

  • ‚Äčtape measure
  • metal or wooden stakes
  • large shovel
  • garden hoe
  • stump grinder
  • protective eyewear
  • padded gloves
  • wheelbarrow
  • tiller
  • bags of topsoil
  • shrubs
  • sprinkler system
  • wood chips

Outline The Property And Remove Tree Stumps

Visually assess the property and determine where you would like to add shrubs. Outline the property bordering the front of your home by measuring the land and inserting wooden or metal stakes into the corners of the plot. Protect yourself from a serious injury by covering your eyes with protective eyewear and putting a pair of padded gloves on. Use a metal shovel or hoe to loosen dirt that surrounds each stump.

After uncovering the roots that are attached to the bottom of each stump, use a stump grinder to grind the stumps and roots into small chips. Load the wood chips into a wheelbarrow and move the wheelbarrow next to the plot of land that you are clearing. 

Clear The Land And Add Soil

If there are weeds or patches of grass growing throughout the marked property, move a tiller across them to loosen them. Collect loose weeds and grass by raking the items into a pile. Pour bags of topsoil into an empty wheelbarrow. Push the wheelbarrow over to each shall depression in the ground before tilting the wheelbarrow to release soil into the depressions. Use a shovel to spread the soil out.

Plant Shrubs And Add Wood Chips

Use a shovel to dig a hole for each shrub that is being planted. Measure the space in between holes to ensure that you are adding an even amount of space between each one. Fill the holes with the roots of each shrub. Cover the roots with plenty of soil. Install a sprinkler system next to the shrubs so that water is administered periodically to the base of each plant.

Use a large shovel to transport wood chips to the property that surrounds each shrub. Disperse the chips evenly around the bottom of each shrub. Water the shrubs daily until the root system of each plant begins to take hold in the ground. 

Contact a service, like Tree Landers, for more help.