I am thinking of fencing my property by cutting appropriate sized trees/limbs and making a nice rustic natural fence...and then using old motor oil from oil changes gone by to "paint" the wood and treat it...I know people that have the motor oil thing..any thoughts on this?
Hmmm...I really like the buck fence. Very rustic. And it looks like you don't have to bury the bucks in the ground? They just sit there? might be easier to source trees with straight enough logs for this type of fence too...and no oil would be a big plus...the more I dwell on the oil idea, the more I dislike it....
Painting used motor oil on a fence can get you in big trouble with .gov in some places.
Buck fences were popular here since you often hit bedrock 6 inches down. They wrap field fence into a 3-4' circle (think giant tomato cage) and fill it with rocks to make corner posts--the mass alone keeps them from moving.
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posted 7 years ago
Motor oil is toxic enough before it's used. I can't imagine willfully introducing that into my growing environment.
Location: Verde Valley, AZ.
posted 7 years ago
yeah, motor oil is got lots of metal in it.
But if the soil has oil eaters or methanotrophs already in it, it is a very good fuel for growth.
The lushest growth i have ever seen in the desert, is along the stream banks. And the lushest, and most diverse i have ever seen, is along the oil seeps on the San Juan river, in Utah.
Never seen as many frogs in desert either. And that gets flushed with flash floods pretty regularly. Not counting the uranium waste flushing down there tho...
Floating along, and observing the big horn sheep was magical there next to the fault above Mexican Hat....
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