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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Fence Posts

    I have seen Hedge posts that were probably 20+ years old, not only did they not rot, but they were still had what looked like "live" wood on the inside, and I have seen a couple that had roots growing out...hedge is scary stuff, I think it is some form of alien life form.

    Hedge is also very hard on saw chains.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Fence Posts

    Hedge (Osage Orange to some) is all we use in Nebraska (of course, there is an abundance of it!). There are Hedge posts on our farm that were put in the ground in the 1910's that are still there 90 years later. The posts will last longer if they are "aged" (dry) instead of put in the ground fresh. Cut the tops (of what ever posts you get) at an angle to help keep water from standing. Have fun tamping 'em!

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Fence Posts

    Doxhound,
    Can one drive staples in seasoned hedge posts? I've heard that it's near impossible.

    Tk

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Fence Posts

    That's what my wife's dad told me -"Can't be done!". He just wraps the barb around the post, then wraps 14ga wire around that. I just pound in a staple. Tough, but it can be done. Of course, you could always cheat - cordless drill and a bit first..... [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

  5. #15
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    San Luis Obispo, CA
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    JD 870

    Default Re: Fence Posts

    I've had similar experiences, avoiding tar on the post and applying a copper perservative. However, I do set the post in decomposed granite, and when packed in lifts with water it feels like cement, yet percolates like sand.

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Fence Posts

    OH yeah - forgot to tell ya - use the short, fat staples - they'll work like a charm!

  7. #17
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    Default Re: Fence Posts

    Doxhound,
    Thanks for the tip on staples. There are some hedge trees in adjoining counties to me. Think I'll look into buying some.

    TK

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Fence Posts

    Doxhound or anyone who knows,

    Can a person find hedge posts that are straight, or would they have to be sawn at a sawmill to get straight posts?

    TK

  9. #19
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    Default Re: Fence Posts

    Sorry it took so long to post back - Around here (eastern Nebraska) the hedge trees grow like weeds. Most of them have straight limbs/trunks long enough for an 8' post (sometimes several out of each tree). Most corner posts are 8"-9" in diameter, while line posts are 4"-5". Sometimes, if the post isn't straight, just get creative in how you dig the hole, and PLANT it straight. Pulled a couple posts that had been in since the 50's the other day - 5 foot straight, but had a 45 degree bend just below ground level.

  10. #20
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    Cooke County, Texas
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    JD4320 with TNT, electric diverter, cruise control and air suspension seat.

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