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I have a bunch of 4-7 inch diameter, straight and tall Southern yellow pine (loblolly) that I need to remove for garden and field space.  I don’t really want to just pile them up and burn them, but I’m at a loss for what to use them for.  Has anyone built small buildings like chicken coops or corn cribs with small diameter poles? Does anyone have ideas for non-building uses, like something in the garden?  I’m open to any ideas, I just don’t want them to go to waste.
 
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How about:
- Instant play tipi for kids
- Instant tipi woodshed (wrap with free lumber tarps from your local lumber retailer)
- Instant mini greenhouse (wrap with plastic)
- Lean-to extension on an existing shed
 
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To clarify re the lean-to: I have punched several 7' t-stakes in the ground as the vertical members, chopped triangular holes with a chisel to mount one pole as the horizontal load bearer, and used the rest as rafters. Lasted for years as a tomato greenhouse.
 
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What about hugelkulture? I'm not sure how this would do, but it is worth a try.

Perhaps a post and beam structure like a roof for outdoor kitchen/patio
 
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So first, Southern Yellow Pine is a strong wood and preferred by many for building projects.  7" diameter poles are eminently useful for building just about anything, and you can just keep them round (remove the bark) and build timber frame structures... a wood shed, a car port, a cob-bench rain cover, etc.  Those 4" pieces, when round, are tremendously strong and can be used as roofing members (e.g. the berm shed)

Second, need fence posts?  Cut them to 8' or so and then choose a preservation/anti-rot method.  You can prepare these in multiple ways (largely dependent on the climate & soil) and have a good solid post for 20+ years.
 
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Cut them in 3 foot sections and place them around your fruit and nut trees.
 
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What about making a Junk Pole Fence!
This thread goes into more discussion on Junkpole fence



They definitely have a use. There is no harm in cutting them to length and than storing them, until you have a use for them. Just keep them elevated off the ground.
 
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