Installing / Planting Peace Poles

Installing/Planting Instructions: 
Below is the right size hole for planting peace poles. The less earth that is disturbed the sooner the peace pole will be sturdy.

View of what a post hole should look like once dug, just barely larger than the peace pole going into it.
Quakertown Pennsylvania, Greenshire Arts Consortium

​With a post-hole digger dig a narrow hole like the one above. Set the peace pole in it and then back fill it with the earth that came out of the hole, tamping as you go, perhaps tamping with a 2-by-4. Stone poles need a hole 32 inches deep. Metal peace poles need one about 20 inches deep. There is no need to reach the frost line in either case.

A narrow hole is the goal. The less the earth is disturbed around the peace pole the better it will support it.

Before digging you could mark a spot on the handle measuring from the bottom of the digger to help you judge when to stop.

Traditionally with peace poles it is called “planting.”

Moving image of a post hole digger in action in my yard in Cincinnati, Ohio, I've planted a few peace poles in my yard.

Posthole diggers, like the one seen above, can be rented from tool rental companies for about five dollars per day or purchased for around $30 at places like Home Depot and Lowes and Amazon.com. On the web how-to videos wisely tell you to wear steel toed boots when you do this.

Sketch of a post hole digger
Post hole digger

Once the peace pole is in the hole, to get it plumb (which means vertical and not leaning), it can be useful to hold two levels against two different sides at the same time.