Black Locust what else?

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Blog entry by HektorLex posted 05-09-2014 07:44 PM 2258 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not so long ago I was visiting my grandfather’s village and our family’s property. I have found that the old fence that was made about 15 years ago was actually in not so bad condition. So I started to take the greyness out of it. And after a while it looked all like the board on the left.

After 15 years!!! Like new!!! So I have decided to contribute and to plant some BL seedlings.

One cold winter day my friend Ivan and I have prepared all and did it. About 100 seedlings were planted.

And that’s not enough. I have decided to plant a 100 more this year. Also some Maclura Pomifera- Osage Orange.

My grandgrandfather planted some black locust trees on that land which looked like this.

Now it’s my turn.

Something I take, something must be given back to the nature.

Today I was out on the filed and here is what my BL seedlings look like

And Maclura

-- Alex Serbia

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#1 posted 05-09-2014 07:59 PM

Plant some for me too, please!

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#2 posted 05-09-2014 09:06 PM

Will be done ;)

-- Alex Serbia

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#3 posted 05-09-2014 09:25 PM

Good work all round.

Mother nature needs lots more caring people like yourself.

I am always amazed as to what lurks beneath weathered timber!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 05-09-2014 09:47 PM

Very nice.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 05-09-2014 10:24 PM

One of the more outstanding things I’ve seen here.
Thank you from all of us Nature Lovers.

-- "Ya but what does he know anyhow?"

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#6 posted 05-09-2014 11:04 PM

I became curious about Black Locust because I was surprised that it grows in Europe. I remember these trees growing in a neighbor’s yard in my childhood.

So I did a little reading this afternoon…

Apparently it is native to North America but planted worldwide. I live just in the corner of it’s native range.

From what I’ve read on the U.S Forest Service site, Black Locust is somewhat difficult to grow to timber size, although it starts very well. Apparently needs almost full sun to get started so doesn’t do well as understory, but needs to be grown in pure stands so that it drops low branches early to make a longer clear log.

They recommend timber harvest relatively early as borers and other diseases may destroy trees which could have been harvested. I think less than 40 years is their recommendation, but I didn’t read carefully enough to be sure since there are several tables in the article.


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#7 posted 05-09-2014 11:52 PM

Good on you! Those are 2 of the most durable woods known to man. And they are also the 2 hottest burning woods.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 05-10-2014 07:23 PM

Thank you all.
I like durable things. That is why I chose those two trees. Although both species have a lot of good sides, of course they must have some disadvantages, but nothing special. Plant a lot of them and someone will be able to choose between good logs or a bit less good.
Besides corn and potato I think that those two tree species are the best and most important plants from USA that were imported to Europe. :)

-- Alex Serbia

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#9 posted 05-10-2014 09:29 PM

And after you cut them down you won’t need to replant as they are nearly impossible to kill.

And plant some honey locust, as a kid I used to make spears from the thorns.

-- Rick M,

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#10 posted 05-10-2014 11:37 PM

Here is my favorite story about black locust: I asked an old farmer what kind of wood to use for fence posts. His reply was, “Black locust and replace the holes every 40 years.”

-- Art

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#11 posted 05-11-2014 12:22 AM

Liking this topic. It’s fantastic that you are planting new stock.

Have you considered clear tubes about 12’ tall? I have no idea whether it would work, but it occurs to me that it might force straight, vertical growth for that first twelve feet. I’ve wanted to try this with live oak. Sadly, I don’t have enough yard to plant a tree. One day.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#12 posted 05-11-2014 08:45 AM

Rick- I’ve planted Osage Orange so I’ll be secured with thorns :)
AandCstyle -only thing that could maybe last a little bit longer than BL is Osage Orange. I think nothing else.
Buckethead- In the beginning I will start with wooden sticks near it and later on I may use this kind of holder.

-- Alex Serbia

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#13 posted 05-11-2014 08:51 AM

Interesting usage of BL that I have seen in Budapest. Just a few wood species would be up to this task in long term.

-- Alex Serbia

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#14 posted 05-12-2014 07:43 AM

GREAT thinking.
Plant more. And more. And more.
Those tubs on the last photo are awesome. And still straight and tight and looking great after several years. Great job as well.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#15 posted 06-11-2014 08:51 PM


did it by your recipe.

-- Alex Serbia

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