First off, growing a nice lawn isn't easy. This is not a miracle tool. Having said that, it works very well so long as you prepare the soil for transplant (if the ph is off or you try and plug into thatched ground, etc. this isn't going to work). You must have healthy plugs of grass and make sure that when you drive the plugger into the ground you successfully grab root structure. Care for the grass plugs after transplantation, don't over water, if your plugs do start to turn yellow and die it might be from too much water. Try to keep the soil moist, but not water logged...
Love this tool. Searched the local nurseries looking for the perfect bulb planter and ended up finding it on amazon - the guards work well to select the perfect depth. Super easy to unload the "cores". I've also used it to eliminate some persistent crab grass in a few spots which I filled with turf plugs from elsewhere... If I owned a garden center I'd definitely stock this item.
Bought this to establish mondo grass lawn. It cuts holes with ease (consider I am out of shape, past 60 and have fibromyalgia). However, the holes it makes are a kind of large for the sprigs that I am using. I think it will be more useful after this initial supply of sprigs is established; then I can cut holes and transfer plugs exactly the same size. I can't wait. I know it would be great for planting bulbs--much better than anything I've used before for that purpose. Sprigs supplier suggested using a cordless drill with a 1" wood paddle bit.
This is an AWESOME product! I'm 63. and this made planting bulbs super easy for me. My husband and I planted over 100 bulbs last fall, and they're coming up now. I'd never want to use anything else to plant them!