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Black Locust — Nature's Answer to Pressure Treated

-Robinia pseudoacacia-

This split rail fence, made of Black Locust, has been in place for almost twenty years with minimal maintanence.

By JIm Richardson


Fence Posts and Split Rails
A Black Locust Connection.


An excellent application of Black Locust is a split rail fence.

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Fence in Southern Vermont

Blue Sky gives a sense of scale in the lumber yard. — Black Locust ready to be made into posts and/or rails.

Black Locust fence — posts and rails — detail on joints. Jim Richardson, Shelburne Farm & Garden.

A gated garden.

Maria and Jeremy Topitzer, Colrain.

The process of splitting Black Locust fence rails, using a Custom Built 16' Log Splitter.
Splitter constructed by Jim Richardson, Shelburne Garden Center.

Seasoned Split rails ready for Fences

Freshly split rails/post seasoning

Tractor and Splitter all set for splitting rails

9 Row Virginia Rail Fence.

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