Cherry Tone Landscape Timbers

strawboss(NV zone 6)May 23, 2012

I'm strapped for cash at the moment and need to put in a fenced garden area at my new home. Home Depot has their landscape timbers on sale for $1.47 for 8'ers. Hard to beat the price for any other kind of fence post. My property has high ph clay soil (an old salt marsh) and I'm wondering if this is a waste of time as they'll rot off too quickly. What do you guys think? Anything I can do to keep them from rotting off that isn't toxic? I've been told by others in my valley that cedar is the way to go but I simply can't afford it.

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stompoutbermuda(Z8DesertSunsetZ11)

Can you paint them with a good latex paint to give them longer life?

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 1:21PM
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yardvaark

Neither does cedar have the longevity that people imagine and attribute to it. You'll probably get at least 5 years out of cheap landscape timbers. They are not real strong so will work for a light duty fence like wire. If you're just trying to keep out rabbits & chickens it would work fine.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 1:29PM
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strawboss(NV zone 6)

Thanks, that is what I was hoping I'd hear. The paint is not a bad idea. They come stained but not treated. I've also though about digging the post holes about 6" deeper than I want them set and putting gravel in the bottom.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 10:58PM
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yardvaark

The landscape timbers I know are treated but not stained. ?

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 11:13PM
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strawboss(NV zone 6)

These are the opposite. They have a cherry stain on them but are not treated with anything else.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 11:43PM
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yardvaark

Then you'll probably be lucky to get a year or two out of the in-ground part.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 11:45PM
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strawboss(NV zone 6)

In that case I think I'll just use good pressure treated 4x4s at the corners and put a couple along each side (50' x 60') and hope they lend enough stability to keep it all together for a while!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 11:54PM
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karinl(BC Z8)

Aren't there post holders that allow you to keep the wood out of the ground, and replace posts easily? Of course, that adds $$.

You might have better luck looking on craigslist for used lumber - the free listings, or for sale very cheap.

Karin L

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 12:24AM
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danincv(z9 CA Mtry Bay)

You can dip the ends of the landscape timbers in Copper Green to the depth they will be buried. Let them soak awhile. They will last quite a bit longer. Also if you cut a pressure treated 4X4 do the same to the cut end even if you don't bury it- pressure treating only penetrates a little way into the wood.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 12:24PM
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