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.
- 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
Location: Canadian Prairies - Zone 3b
posted 3 months ago
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 tomatogreenhouse.
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.