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Black Locust (robinia pseudoacacia) is classified by the USDA as “strong, hard and extremely durable.” It has been utilized for fencing, mine timbers, landscaping, and waterscaping in the US for over 100 years. The upfront investment is worth it because finishes and other treatments are not necessary to ensure the longevity of your project even in the wettest conditions.
Black Locust is an industry leader for sustainable building materials. Compared to pressure treated lumber of all kinds, Black Locust is a superior choice. Black Locust's longevity and durability is provided by nature! Black Locus is:
Best of all: Purchases through SEEDS support our mission.
Black Locust is an extremely aggressive grower and, in Michigan, is frequently considered an invasive species. We love sourcing local materials and Black Locust in particular lets us tangibly demonstrate to our Youth Corps members a full product life cycle going from living tree to milled lumber and then becoming a boardwalk pathway back into nature.
An extremely dense wood, Black Locust can also be unusual to work with if you are used to pine and even hard maple. Tough fibers require a few key tools and techniques during installation.
SEEDS Youth Corps specializes in working with Black Locust and your purchases will also directly support youth and project initiatives.
Discounts are available when contracting SEEDS Youth Corps for installation.
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