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  • Subject: Re: [cg] EPA PHASE OUT CCA WOOD
  • From: Dboek@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 20:24:52 EST

I second Hillary's suggestion, extended to the Southeast. Black locust 
(Robinia pseudoacacia) posts are known to last over a half century even here 
in the heat. Some people think it is a 'trash tree', but it is a native and I 
really like the flowers. As I've said before, rocks are also good for 
outlining beds, and living fences and hedges make good fencing choices.

Don Boekelheide
Charlotte NC

In a message dated 2/3/02 7:52:36 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
hilary@kitasei.com writes:

> May I suggest an alternative to pressure treated wood: black locust. Though
>  hard to find commercially, gardeners in the northeast will find cheap
>  sources from farmers and nature preserves where locust is removed as an
>  invasive species. Locust is harder than cedar -- posts will last 30 years 
>  the ground without being set in cement. That's why locust is the wood used
>  for docks and sculpture. (Your DEC and co-op extension people may be 
>  in finding sources.)
>  Hilary of Endor in the Bronx

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