I have 4 16 inch 4x4 posts in the ground ,,, 2 4 foot 4x4 on the post frount and back ,,,,one 8 inch lag screw hold cross 4x4 on each post ,,, hive frount is 6 inches off the ground,, the back is 7 inches off the ground ( theres 2 and 3 inches from ground to cross post ) 2 hives on each this way I can work the hives from the side or back ,, three dog tyouts ,, one on each side one in middle to tye down ( the ones that screw in the ground ) with straps ,, so coon or ??? cann''t get in ,,, or storms ,,, have it set up same way 3 feet from one end for the next 2 hives next year .... this setup worked good all summer ,, am thinking of putting a 4x4 under frount and back to get higher for winter (snow
build up) will lag screw to other 4x4 ( just for winter ,, remove in the spring )) I'm short so don't want them to high.. this set up takes a little time to do ... but all mine will be like this .. Dont have to worry that they will tip over when you work the hive ... can ground drench for hive beetles or put some thing down to kill the grass any time ... lot of air movement .. If you move the hives a lot this is not the way to go..
just a thought