After the stump seems to be fixed it was the height of the tree overall that needs some serious consideration. I just bent down the top as far as I could until it started to clearly break. Then I fixed it with strong wire. Now the big question was 'wold the top of the tree survive the cruel bending and would the artificial deadwood ever look credible. All this happened within three days in October 2010. After that the tree was placed in my growing field on a stump and left alone all winter and all summer of 2011.