I live in Florida, the wood rot capital of the U.S. Occasionally we lose the title to Louisiana. But like basketball and football, we are always contenders. My neighbor who has a wood fence surrounding his property would do well to look at a new product that was introduced to me. It reduces rot because the 4 x 4s he uses would not be in direct contact with the ground. And once they do start to rot (not an option in Florida), the pole can be slipped out of the sleeve and replaced in a jiffy.