How To Fill Holes Made With the ProPlugger 5-IN-1 Planting Tool

ProPlugger Co - Saturday, August 02, 2014

How To Fill Holes Made With the ProPlugger 5-IN-1 Planting ToolWhen we harvest our lawn plugs for transplanting, we pull the donor plugs in a tight grouping (approx 3" apart) which makes for easy hole filling using the "dump" method.  

 ***To find out how to fill one hole at a time after pulling deep tap root weeds, such as dandelions, wild onions or thistle, scroll to the bottom of page.

You can "dump" or pour bagged garden soil purchased from your local hardware store over the donor area to fill the holes. You'll need to gently rake the mix over the holes and then water in. (See Steps 4 and 5 below)

 We've filled holes this way, but recently discovered another way that we like even better. It's basically free and fairly simple. 

Step 1: Pull plugs from the area you will be transplanting grass plugs to.

 Planting Holes made with the ProPlugger 5-IN-1 Planting Tool

 Step 2: Pour the soil plugs mixed with compost or potting mix onto a screen soil sifter set on top of a wheelbarrow. With gloved hands, make a rubbing motion, pushing the plugs and compost through the screen, leaving behind the rocks and debris. We built a screening frame using recycled 2x4's and some hardware cloth from a local home improvement center. It's just large enough to fit over the top of our wheelbarrow (below). Check out this link to make your own soil sifter: Soil Sifter, an easy garden tool to make

Soil Plugs and Compost for Screening

Step 3: Dispose of the rocks and debris from screen. Screened soil is ready to use.

Screened soil for filling holes made by the ProPlugger 5-IN-1 Planting Tool.

Step 4: Dump the screened soil (or potting mix), raking it gently over the donor area and into the holes. 

Fill planting holes with soil.

Step 5: Always water well for the first week or so, helping the turf overcome transplant shock.

Water the raked soil into the planting holes.

Donor area right after filling the holes and watering.

Holes filled with screened soil.

Same area a month later. You can hardly see where we pulled our donor plugs.

Lawn area after one month of growth.

Filing single holes:

When filling holes left behind from weeding, we use the the 5-IN-1 Planting Tool as a long funnel. Simply place the empty tool back into the hole and pour bagged garden soil or screened soil down the tube, letting it settle into the hole. A plastic cup works well for the job as you can squeeze the mouth into a narrow shape for aiming down the main tube of the tool (below).


Filling holes with the ProPlugger 5-IN-1 Planting Tool.