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Re: Life expectancy of fence posts.
« on: February 23, 2021, 11:03:47 PM »
Hello;

I am brand new to this forum.
 
I live in northwest Georgia, and am looking to source a small quantity of Osage Orange fence posts, maybe just around 10 at the most.

The posts will be used as posts for trail signs in remote wilderness trails.  I have found sources in Kansas and Iowa, but am coming up dry closer to home.

My immediate need is just for a single post, preferably about 8' long, but if I find a local source, I would get a few more.

Otherwise, I will probably drive out to Kansas.

Anybody know of any leads closer to the north Georgia area?
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Re: Life expectancy of fence posts.
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2021, 07:49:14 AM »
Me personally, I donít know of any. BUT, you came to the right place. Just give it time and Iím sure that someone here has a proper answer for you.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2021, 08:02:58 AM »
Red Cedar or black locust might be more available locally?
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Re: Life expectancy of fence posts.
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2021, 08:23:00 AM »
Red Cedar or black locust might be more available locally?
Don P;
No doubt the red cedar and black locust would be more available around here, but I am sort of determined to do Osage Orange, since the logistics of putting in the trail signs is so difficult in these remote areas, I wanted the absolute most long-lasting post that I can find that is a natural material.
If I could find black locust (I haven't searched in GA for that yet), I might be tempted.   But, on the other hand, I can sort of feel a trip to Kansas happening soon.  There is good availability of Osage Orange out there.
Thanks for the reply, though.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2021, 08:43:23 AM »
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2021, 08:49:51 AM »
You must just want to go to kansas. You could use anything for a post. You could find a species that will last 100 years, put it in the ground, and have a natural event knock it over the next day.
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2021, 07:13:23 PM »
kids go out and get semi trailer loads around here.  heavy and not worth shipping.  if you wind up in the area, I can locate someone here.  but a 10 dollar post would cost 100 bucks to ship.  I have a bag of hedge apples outside my shop to send to @firefighter ontheside so he can "grow his own", but will take a few years.   :)



 
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2021, 12:37:18 AM »
When they start turning brown like that, does it mean they are getting tender?
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2021, 05:46:09 AM »
not sure.  these just went through the cold spell.  picked up by my buddy Dallas.  I do not plan to eat one! ;)   :)
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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2021, 07:21:58 AM »
 @doc henderson I hope it doesn't have to go thru the gut of a mammal to make it ready for planting.  Thats what happened with the mammoth and how they helped seed the tree.  I'm not eating one either.  Now I have to find out how to plant an Osage orange.  Do you just bury the fruit or do you need to extract the seed first?  So many questions.
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Re: Life expectancy of fence posts.
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2021, 07:43:31 AM »
Doc, with all the osage out your way, do you still have wooly mammoths seeding them?
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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2021, 10:55:09 AM »
yes, did you not see my FF pic.  but I shave in the spring.
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« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2021, 10:57:19 AM »
FFots.  I will try to ship whole today.   some will let them rot.  you could plant the fruit, but I bet there is a ton of seed.  I will read as well, but have no first hand experience.  I bet you will want to separate them so you can cultivate and not have a clump.
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« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2021, 06:21:17 PM »
I've read or heard somewhere the reason you have so much osage orange is that settlers were encouraged to take a pail of seed west with them to make natural fences when homesteading.
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« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2021, 08:00:43 PM »
Here in South Carolina we call them Mock Oranges and they are few and far between. 

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« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2021, 02:36:06 PM »
Being in Georgia you may have a species handy you have over looked. Pine hearts that have morphed into solid resin, pine knot, fat wood or what ever you want to call it. 

Sometimes they are long and a few inches in diameter, usually on the forest floor. Fence post made of that will even out last osage orange.

It is also highly flammable but won't typically burn up with out some additional source of fuel.


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