[nafex] I need some thoughts

Gianni GIANNI-2 at prodigy.net
Tue May 22 12:33:01 EDT 2001

Hi Lucky:

Good point, I stand corrected. Thanks for the clarification. In my defense I do not know what his 
application for this is for and have limbed many times particular cedars to be able to work around 
and have access to the growing area/s. They will continue to grow unimpeded even when the lower
limbs have been trimmed or completely severed.
When felled you are right an 8ft cedar will yield very little rot resistant heartwood, but if I remember his
question clearly I think he said he needed only 2 to 3 inch diameter and imperative that the wood had
a beautiful grain...
I guess I'm at a loss barring a preservative that are now available minus any toxins...
Thank you, Lucky.

Best of growing,
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lucky Pittman 
  To: nafex at yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2001 11:41 AM
  Subject: Re: [nafex] I need some thoughts

  At 11:18 AM 05/22/2001 -0400, Gianni wrote:

    Red cedar will grow to 8 ft from a seedling in as little as 3 to 4 yrs depending on conditions.
  Yes, but this 8 ft seedling will have a piece of red heartwood about the size of a pencil lead, the rest being white softwood that'll rot away about as quickly as untreated white pine.  Plus, an open-grown redcedar 8 ft tall will have limbs from ground level up.

  I cut some good, tall redcedars out of my hardwood forest this spring, when I was stringing a mile or so of new HT fence - most were 75+ yrs old, based on counts of growth rings - got 2 or 3 good, clear 8 ft 'king' posts, with lots of rot-resistant heartwood, before I got into any significant branches.

  Lucky Pittman
  USDA Zone 6
  Hopkinsville, KY 

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