Pacific Northwest Gardening forum: Ideas for the use or disposal of the bottoms of telephone poles

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Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
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a2b1c3
Apr 27, 2013 3:19 PM CST
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so i cant burn the bottoms they are rotted and where they are not they still have some creosote in them. I will be left with 30 feet or so of either rotting or treated stuff. anyone got any ideas on ways to use these?\
btw they are doug fir and the creosote penetrates less then 3/4 of an inch
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Apr 29, 2013 3:55 PM CST
If you can chip the creosote off, what's left can be used to fill gullies or potholes, then covered with soil and planted.

Or make small part-sunken / part-raieed berms or ridges with them (erosion control), add some soil, and plant on tops and sides.

They will subside as they rot, but for a few years you have a spongy underground water reservoir that decays and puts organic matter into the soil.

Apparently, leaving the wood log-sized and partly below the root zone reduces the effect of "nitrogen deficit".

I recently learned a fancy name for "buried pile of rotting logs": hugelculture.

http://garden.org/ideas/view/dave/41/Building-a-Hugelkultur-...
http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/
Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Southwest Gardening
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a2b1c3
Apr 29, 2013 6:21 PM CST
good idea
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Apr 29, 2013 6:42 PM CST
In our climate, it might be helpful to let the lumber absorb water for 9 months, then release it for 3 months.

Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Southwest Gardening
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a2b1c3
May 8, 2013 3:36 PM CST
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the smaller of the 2 piles
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i might just have a bonfire up at snoqualmie
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
May 8, 2013 6:10 PM CST
Looks like a lot of work!! Cute dog at the gate. Lovey dubby
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Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Southwest Gardening
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a2b1c3
May 8, 2013 6:47 PM CST
That's my dog bonnie
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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May 8, 2013 6:53 PM CST
What a sweet thing.
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gg5
May 9, 2013 11:28 PM CST
Hi Bonnie!
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling

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