What is the best way to put 6x6's in ground 4' to ensure long life. The wood
is freshly milled Juniper (Tamerac, Larch) and the geography is eastern
canada. People have told me to wrap in plastic and refill with earth, refill
with gravel, refill with concrete.... Which is best?
Dry the posts, take them to a sawmill and get them high pressure saturation
treated before putting them in. That will go a loooong way towards longevity.
I've been ramming pressure treated pine posts into bare dirt for the last 20
years and they're all still there (I have a farm for a main source of income).
If you bed them in concrete, make sure that the concrete gently slopes away
from the base of the post on all sides.
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The _best_ way is to use a concrete footing. If the wood is going to be
buried then the species counts for more than the method of burial and
Tamerac is not a good choice for such use. Red cedar (also sometimes
called "juniper") or pressure treated pine would be a better choice but if
you can get hold of some bois d'arc (aka "osage orange" and "bodark") or
ipe I think you'd be in better shape.
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