[NAFEX] Treated stakes/ locust
tanistanis at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 22 19:03:56 EDT 2010
I have many years of using & observing black-locust tree wood for in-ground use. Trunks (even when split) for posts last longer than any other wood here. But small trunks or saplings, and stake diameter branches, rot faster than you'd think a rot-resistant wood should. But the cut plants regrow so fast, you just replace the stakes. Zero toxicity as far as I know, except avoid the thorns in the growing season. If labor is a major issue, know purchased treated posts may last longer than small diameter locust.
tc, sWI, where black locust grows better than anything else
> Treated lumber is treated with very toxic chemicals. The older type was treated with stuff that isn't allowed now, so the new kind is supposedly safer, but they'll probably declare the new kind unsafe at some point too, We decided to use black locust wood instead for our fence and stakes and stuff, as it's naturally rot-resistant. There's a lumberyard here in central NY that has very reasonable prices on it, but it took a lot of calling around to various lumberyards to find it....
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