jay william wrote:Interesting. We just looked at an old farmhouse in NC built in 1920 that has 2 locust stumps in the crawlspace, as part of the foundation holding up the 2 story house.
They seem in fine shape to me, but it does give me pause for a number of reasons... I was wondering if anybody had seen this sort of thing before, and whether or not we should look into updating them. Im leaning toward yes.
Jp Wagner wrote:Saw this old thread and had a few ideas. Why not cut off the trees to the desired height and drill 4-5 1" diameter holes straight down into the stump about a 1-2 feet deep. Make up a solution of borate and polypropylene glycol and fill them up. If the tree was alive when cut, the pathways from roots to the trunk will be fully active. The solution should seep down into the roots with time. Since the building above will stop most of the exposure to water, there should be minimal seepage of the borate from the now preserved stump. Strip the bark with a power washer and surface treat the stump. You could even provide copper or stainless metal tubing which would be hammered into the holes for periodic addition of more borate solution. The metal tubing would be installed too high and cut off flush when the final flooring was installed.
Jp Wagner wrote:How were the tree stumps treated in that 2 story house?
The bodark tree (Maclura pomifera) is a common tree in Arkansas, known to live in at least forty-seven of the state’s seventy-five counties. The name “bodark” is a slurring of the French “bois d’arc,” meaning “wood of the bow”—a reference to the Osage Indians’ practice of making bows from the tree.