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DIY - Ideas for Using Tree Stumps, Logs, Branches, and Stones as Landscaping Décor

Updated on May 23, 2011

Using Natural Elements in Your Landscape

You can get a lot of bang for the buck, when you add natural elements to your landscape décor.

What does this mean? Natural elements are tree stumps, stones, tree branches, logs, any thing that is naturally made. Not man made items such as statuary items. planters, and manufactured products.

This can be a fun DIY project that starts out with one special "find" and grows from there.and many times the items are FREE!

You can get lots of ideas on ways to use stones, stumps, logs and branches in your landscape décor by reading books, looking at home improvement websites, and actually looking at neighboring lawns.

Visit local home and garden shows, and flower shows for ideas too. The exhibitors get very creative with their displays at these events. And, some vendors may be willing to sell the stones and tree branches to visitors at the end of the event - at a reduced price.

Collecting as you travel

When you are out on trips start noticing fallen trees, or branches and stones. Many times you can collect them after storms, such as thunder storms, ice storms and after hign winds have passed through an area.

Take a nature trip - You can find some interesting items this way.

Old logs add interest to you landscape and so do rocks.

Beautiful stones can be found on farms, around water, such as rivers and lakes, or on construction sites where excavating has been done.These are free sources.

Large stones really make an impact in landscaping.

And another benefit to using these items is, when your plants, flowers and trees are dormant during winter months you will still have interesting details in your landscape.

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When using these natural elements as your landscape décor, be creative with your design. And occasionally change it up a bit.

Twisty branches from cedar trees last a long time and make interesting additions to flower gardens. Place a branch behind statuary items and let vines and taller plants grow around them.

Here is an example- at the end of the house, design the landscape to include a log, cedar is perfect, but use what ever you happen to find. Grow elephant ears (annuals) behind the log, so that they tower over it as they grow. Place trailing vine behind the log to drape over the log as it grows.

Add a statue or planter filled with colorful flowres to the display and plant additional flowers around the item. This will become a focal point in your yard. Make sure to plant flowers that bloom for added color and interest.

During winter you will see the log and the statue when the plants are dormant.

Another design element that goes perfectly with these types of landscape décor items is using stone borders as the edging around your landscape. Not only is it another natural element, but it is long lasting and beautiful.

These are great looking additons to country gardens and cottage gardens

Tree Stumps in Landscaping

Combine 3 tree stumps together, add planters and have an interesting addition to your landscape
Combine 3 tree stumps together, add planters and have an interesting addition to your landscape | Source

Have fun with your design

Now as you are in search of these items have fun discovering them and displaying them in your gardens, under trees, in large planters or anywhere that works in your yard.

One clever use for tree stumps is to place them turned standing up and add planters on top. A collection of 3 in various heights looks nice together. Plant trailing vine in the planters to grow down over the stumps. This is good looking and softens the look of the stumps. The stumps can also be decorated for Halloween too.

Try these ideas, and share your own ideas in the comments area below.


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    • RentedMule profile image

      RentedMule 6 years ago from Lexington Kentucky

      Thanks, The Dirt Farmer

      And the great thing about cedar is that it lasts so long. I have several cedar branches and logs in the garden from a storm 3 years ago, they are still looking nice.

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      The Dirt Farmer 6 years ago

      Love the cedar log suggestion. How charming that would look. Thanks! Enjoyed the hub.

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      RentedMule 6 years ago from Lexington Kentucky

      Thanks, Rtalloni!

      Natural elements in the garden really do add lots of interst to the garden year round. Thanks so much for your vote and comment.


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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Yes, yes! Love these natural elements in the garden. :)

      Voted up!