We bought our house 1 1/2 years ago and are tackling one reno at a time, mostly. The next project is the back yard. The fenceposts along one side (the driveway) are rotted and need to be replaced. Butting up against the inside of the same fence was a wooden deck that was built directly on the dirt. About 2 feet in from the fence in the center of the deck is a monster of a tree stump. Six months after we moved in, the utility company came and chopped the top off because it was mostly dead branches. Last summer I tried to keep the suckers under control, cutting them back as far as I could about once a month. I was hoping that our cold Ontario winter would kill the tree but no such luck. This year we need to fix the fence, and in order to do that the wooden deck had to go. We removed it piece by piece and cleaned up the garbage.
Now we look at the yard and don't know what to do with this big space. If we could kill the tree but leave the stump in the ground, it's big enough to use as a table cut to the right height. We need to fill to bring that space up to the level of the lawn that covers the rest of the yard. There are obviously lots of roots in that area so I don't want to lay brick or pavers and have suckers come through.