Check with your regional council or see our nursery listing. A local plant nursery may supply a limited choice of poles. Remember – protective sleeves are not enough to stop cattle rubbing on, or knocking over, poles. Cattle must be kept well away from poles for at least a year after planting.
Prices and subsidies vary between regional councils and nurseries. Prices also vary depending on the size of pole and sleeve. Budget on around $10 each for 3m poles and 1.7m Dynex sleeves, less for smaller sizes.
Contact your regional council for thumpers and other planting tools. Augers are available commercially. A 60mm-diameter auger is recommended for pole planting.
Yes. The challenge is producing a straight pole. Most farmers prefer to purchase their poles because it is another task they don't have to do themselves, and there is more choice, including the new cultivars produced from time-to-time by the Poplar and Willow Research Trust. Gisborne District Council has guidelines available for growing your own poles (Managing an On-Farm Nursery) on request for a small fee.
A DRY POLE IS A DEAD POLE!