Wood & Ground Contact
Thank you for the info. After thinking about it I have decided I am going to apply a clear semi gloss water based urethane to the wood that will be in contact with the ground prior to the install, this will at least afford some protection. Also, noticed yesterday when doing my excavation that the ground is very dry where I am building. It is also on a slight grade with excellent drainage for rain and it has the benefit of roof overhang to keep it dry in everything but blowing rain. After doing the excavation I feel much better about the chances that this wood will last for a while.