Tree stumps are for more than just sitting. In fact, there are quite a few creative ways to utilize a tree stump and avoid the costly process of tree stump removal. If you have recently done some clearing in your yard and have been pondering what to do with a leftover tree stump, consider incorporating it into your landscape. A tree stump can easily be transformed into a natural bird bath that not only looks great, but also provides supplemental water for wildlife.
Clean the tree stump. Use a garden hose to remove any dirt or debris that may have built up on its surface. Pull off any fungus that may be growing on the top of the tree stump.
Hollow out the top of the stump. The hollowed out area will serve as the bowl of the bird bath. Remove the inner wood using a drill, hammer and chisel. Drill holes along the top of the stump to loosen the wood, and use the hammer and chisel to chip away at the loose wood.
Mix up a bucket of cement according to the manufacturers instructions. A quick set concrete should be sufficient to create the bowl of the bird bath. Pour a small amount of the concrete into the depression that you made in the tree stump.
Use a trowel to spread and smooth out the concrete to form the bowl. Continue the process of spreading and smoothing the concrete until the bowl is completed. The concrete should cover the bottom of the depression and the sides as well.
Allow the concrete to set for the recommended amount of time. The concrete hardens in approximately 15 minutes, but should cure for at least 24 hours before you fill it with water. Fill the tree stump bird bath with water after the 24 hour waiting period has passed.