Why Bother With T-posts? How Costa Rica Adjusted My Attitude

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3 thoughts on “Why Bother With T-posts? How Costa Rica Adjusted My Attitude

  1. What an interesting idea! Never thought of planting trees in a line for future fence posts.

    In building fences on a new farm we had quite a bit of cedar trees growing next to glade ground, ground with rock within a couple of inches of the top and hard to drive posts. We used the cedar trees throughout to attach our electrified high tensile wire. From 30 years of using trees we know to add board or composite lumber cut about 6″ square and then a good quality insulator and deck screws attached through the insulators holes and the boards and into the tree. This helps to ward off the tree enveloping the insulator in 10-20 years and makes it possible to unscrew the insulator and avoid metal in your tree if you ever harvest it for lumber.

  2. People around here (central B.C.) used aspen trees, spruce, or pine for years when the land was being settled. Bits of wire and staples or nails are still found in some of the living or dead trees (most of them). I have a lot of respect for the hard work these folks did; one told me he later hand-pounded about 6,000 “real” fence posts, and do not criticism them for using the trees at first.

    Trees move with wind and grow, and that means fencing doesn’t stay tight.

    Is that smooth, high-tensile wire in the photos?

    1. Having family farming in Costa Rica and other Central American countries I’m pretty familiar with the fences. These living fenceposts, are almost always used to support barbed wire. They are put in often enough, that the fence not staying perfectly tight is not a big deal. There is one primary species that is used, I’m not sure exactly what it is, it’s referred to in Costa Rica as the fencepost tree. Fences are built by driving cuttings from existing trees as posts, most of which will sprout and grow into more trees.

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