When trees are felled or fall due to damage or disease, their stumps should be removed to prevent fungal root rot, such as honey fungus from spreading to nearby trees.
Often large and heavy, stumps can be tricky. But they can be removed with the right equipment and preferably, natural techniques. Stump grinders can grind our the central root plate, leaving fine sawdust.
They can be hired, but are hazardous machinery to use if you’ve not used before. The best option is to ask a tree surgeon. Using this option, the majority of the roots should eventually rot down.
Epsom salts (magnesium and sulphur) do wonders in the garden. They are minerals that help plants to grow, but if used in high quantities can also be a natural killer. Drill some holes, about 10 inches deep in the sides and top of the tree stump. Fill the holes with 100% Epsom salts mixed with water. Cover the trunk with a tarpaulin and leave it. The stump will die in a few months. Digging of course is another option, but can be long, hard work.
If you don’t want to go down the root of removing it, why not use the stump as a focal point in your garden? Display pots on it, hang fairy lights, place a sculpture on top, or carve a scene into it. What about adding a bird bath on top or bird feeder? Turn it into a table or carved totem pole. Get creative and turn it into the talking point of your garden.
Click the link to see some fantastic ideas on what to do with your tree stump on Bob Vila’s site: https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/the-best-and-weirdest-things-you-can-do-with-a-tree-stump-51341#tree-stump-glass-table