Rutarium — garden of snags



“Use what is at hand and do not look for another.”

This is the motto of Philias Fog from Around the World in 80 Days. When creating a garden on your site, you can safely be guided by this rule.

In general, gardening is a waste-free process. Everything that has grown out of the earth will return to it.

driftwood garden

For example, trees. They grow, strive upwards, then the time comes and some of them break under the weight of snow, icing, lightning strikes and other cataclysms. Some people just get old…

In a private house, there is always a use for such wood: in a barbecue or stove. But there are such snags that it’s inconvenient to split and it’s a pity to throw them away — it’s painfully tricky, even for an exhibition!

So what’s the matter, expose, to the delight of yourself and others. Such an exposition in the garden is called a rutarium and is most appropriate in gardens with a natural landscape. Just keep in mind that beauty lies not in quantity, but in harmony.

Therefore, it makes no sense to dump all the snags in one heap. Here, as in rockeries, it is important to choose the right place for each specific element.

And to complete the picture, you will need to supplement it with stones, mulch, chopped tree bark and plants.

The more concise the decor, the more refined the exposition will be. So do not try to settle all of the above components in the rutaria.

Driftwood in the garden

driftwood garden

A beautiful root garden can be obtained from a single driftwood surrounded by lush greenery. Or it is represented by a whole “forest”, but against a modest background of gray (the most optimal shade) stones and several bunches of perennial grass.

A sense of taste and a sense of proportion are two essential qualities of a talented designer. In addition, you will need to know a few rules for creating a root garden.

Rule one: any wooden element of the exposition must be processed if you want to keep the «picture» for 5-7 years. This requires an insecticide and indelible antiseptic.

If the wood is fresh and has not yet turned gray, then processing with a solution of copper sulfate will help speed up the process.

Rule two: the bark, although it looks embossed, but serves as a haven for bugs, accelerating the process of turning a tree into dust. That’s why you should get rid of it.

Put the deck in the sun, when it is completely dry, the bark will peel off easily.

In addition, at high temperatures, solid wood is prone to cracking, and this is another «plus» in the treasury of the uniqueness of the wooden element. To make a crack in the place where you want, before drying, make a shallow cut with a grinder along a given line. The cleft will be wider and more expressive.

Rule three: so that the stump with the roots turns out to be as expressive as possible, do not rush to cut the roots close to the trunk when uprooting.

Take the time to dig for shallow roots within a 1m radius. This is where the most intricate patterns and weaves usually come out. Therefore, make the stump of beautiful roots away from the trunk, but you can not spare the taproot by cutting it where it is convenient for you.

Flowers among the driftwood

The resulting material is used in three versions: as a decorative stump, as a stump-flower bed, as a snag turned upside down.

If you decide to equip a flower bed in it, then know that inside you should make a through hole with a chainsaw (electric saw) to ensure the outflow of excess moisture during the rainy season. And so that the stump does not rot too quickly, a fire is kindled inside this hole so that the inner walls are charred. This is the natural and most reliable protection against fungi.

It is best to plant stonecrops in such a flower bed or young, that do without irrigation. But if desired (and with watering :) any plant will grow.

Club on the stump

Rule four: nature creates the foundation, but man brings it to perfection. A snag that is not always at hand looks like an art object. The abundance of branches does not allow you to see really beautiful lines. To emphasize them, all unnecessary must be removed. For this, a hacksaw or a jigsaw is enough.

When making cuts, remember that a right-angle cut is acceptable when you remove the process to the base. And, if you want to leave a knot or a thick branch, then it is better to cut them obliquely. In some cases, sharp cuts are ground with a grinder until rounded shapes are obtained.

Here is a simple example, this stump (photo above) was almost round, but with the help of an ax it was given a shape close to a square. It turned out stylish and unusual.
ADVICE: beautiful driftwood can be found on the sandy banks of the rivers.


Flower garden on a stump

Driftwood in the garden

horse garden


path on the roots

beautiful snags

How to decorate branch cuts



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