Who knows if this will actually work, but I figure it is worth a try. We were forced to take down a maple that was in front of our house because it was diseased and threatening to fall on our cars. We chopped it up for firewood and shredded the small limbs and leaves for mulch. But what to do about the stump?
I came up with an idea that hopefully will save us from having to remove it. I would like to turn it into a planter and grow flowers and herbs in it. Of course, this means hollowing it out a bit, and to do that, I am borrowing an idea from native americans. They would burn into a log to make dugout canoes. So, we lit a fire on the top of the tree stump, which we kept smoldering for an afternoon. Maybe it will work, maybe it won’t, but it is kind of interesting to try. The picture below is after the first fire.