What to do with exposed wood? You’ll get the most life out of it if you keep a wood sealer on it. I recommend re-coating every spring because of the summer sun that’s coming in a few months. I’ve found that caulking, wrapping, sealing, etc. only exaggerates the deterioration because it traps moisture. Wood needs to expand, contract and breathe with the changing weather. On this project we replaced about 25 vega poles.