A large yard takes a lot of time and money to keep up. I frequently find myself in shorter supply of both. Rather than leaving problem areas unattended at all, I use what my mom calls the "lick and promise" approach.
One such case was a unsightly stump left over from a tree that fell during Hurricane Sandy. Removal services can charge anywhere from $100 to $400 and doing it ourselves would have been a huge undertaking. We couldn't simply ignore the area because it was right in the front yard. Though we did try that for a while.
|remnants of a stump and roots|
I finally couldn't stand it any longer and decided the best course of action was to cover it up. It was a surprisingly quick and inexpensive project.
First, I removed all the grass and dead turf from the mound. This took some sweat and effort because it had gotten so over grown, but I wanted to be sure that grass didn't pop back up later.
Next, I filled in the low spots with top soil that I purchased from the garden center. It comes in 1 cubic foot bags. For this, I needed 4 of them, which cost about $12.
After that, I covered the area with landscape cloth. Since it is a relatively small area, I was able to make due with a small roll that only cost $10. I even had some left over.
Lastly, I added some Lirope and marigolds that I split and moved from other spots in the garden. And I covered the whole thing with 2 1/2 bags of mulch. It was on sale four bags only cost $10 so I even have some left over to fill in other beds. The whole project took one afternoon and about $35.
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|photo by womenswork.com|