We don’t recommend it. Virtual all of our fence posts are cemented, and on the rare occasions when they aren’t it’s because the posts are driven into the ground. It’s a much different process than digging the hole first.
That said, for smaller applications that aren’t true fences (a light ornamental design near a garden, for example) cement may seem like overkill. Here are some tips if you’ve got a DIY project on the go and want to set a post with dirt.
Place a layer of gravel at the bottom of the hole before inserting the post. This can help with drainage and reduce the risk of rot.
Tamp the Dirt:
Tamp the dirt down around the post as you fill the hole to help compact the soil and provide more stability.
Consider Post Type:
The post’s direct contact with the soil can be problematic in the long term. Pressure-treated or rot-resistant posts are generally recommended.
If you have more questions about posts or other subjects we’re happy to answer them. Call 613-736-1122 or hit the chat button on the right during business hours.