Brain lock

Discussion in 'Garden Tips And Talk' started by smokey, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. smokey

    smokey New Member

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    I have a tree in my yard, I cant think of the name. It has strange bark with a ridge that sticks up that runs the whole length of its branchs, and real long sharp thorns.I dont think the tree is good for much.It has real hard wood.thankx.
    smokey
     
  2. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    long thorns, I would call it brush! LOL... it would be hacked down and not worried about its nature:wink: rollo
     

  3. Jerry60k

    Jerry60k New Member

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    Sounds like a honey locust to me or 1 of the other locust trees.
     
  4. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    I agree, probably either honey or black locust. Does it have long flat bean pods on it?
     
  5. River Outlaw

    River Outlaw New Member

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    honey locust dont have thorns but i think yer right about bein a black

    locust. those were the only trees i never wanted to climb my 8 years as a

    climber.

    how big is the tree ?? with you sayin there is a ridge runnin the length of the branches my guess it cant be bigger than 10 in at the trunk. younger limbs on a locust are smooth until they get mature enough for the bark to start splittin. if ya dont want the tree there locust is great fire wood


    all my input is based on Kansas conditions:big_smile:
     
  6. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    Sounds like a black locus to me ~
     
  7. smokey

    smokey New Member

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    Thankx you guys I think it is a black Locust.reps to you both!
    smokey
     
  8. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    ya my grandps cut a few down on the city (maintnence man in town here) a few years ago. its a locust of some species. i split it up for fire wood. hard and takes a long time to dry.

    cut her down and ill bring the splitter down this weekend. AFTER the race well spilt her up,lol.:wink:

    heres what some say.


    Black locust is not native to the West Coast, so make sure that it is the same species that we call black locust in the East.

    It is the hardest commercial species in the U.S. That certainly means hard to saw, glue, machine, etc.

    The main use today for black locust is... xylophone keys!

    If used for firewood, it is exciting--the moisture in the wood is converted to steam during heating, but cannot escape. So all of a sudden, "POW!" and then sparks fly all over.
     
  9. oh no

    oh no New Member

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    Locust makes great fence posts. It will last 30 - 40 years in the ground. Put on good Red Brand wire fence as after a few years, you wont be able to drive a staple in it.
     
  10. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    ya seen that in the articles i was readin too. they said old timers out for fire wood were on top of old dead black locust. the trees and wood is so hard that years and years after they died they stood strong. rocking back and forth in the winds till eventually they would fall roots still attached. they just were to strong to break.