Bulb flowers can literally transform a landscape with their brilliant colors and their beauty. But if you're like me, you enjoy the end result, or that beauty a little bit more than you enjoy getting those bulbs intothe ground.
In this short video, we look at a few commonly used tools for planting bulbs, and then we'll take a quick look at the 5-IN-1 Landscape Plugger from ProPlugger to see how much easier it can make getting our favorite bulbs into the ground.
Small hand-held planters are probably the most widely used and inexpensive to buy, but you spend a lot of time on your knees and bending over and that can take a real toll on our joints. Auger bits are another common bulb planting tool. They can be a little hard to handle when they hit an underground root or rock, which can make the drill motor spin unexpectedly in your hands and cause the loss of control, and even minor hand and wrist injuries.
That's not the case with long-handled bulb planters, which really are hand-held planters that we talked about a minute ago, but with a long handle attached. You can use them from a standing position, which is definitely a step in the right direction, but they only pull one plug at a time, which is an issue if you've got more than just a few bulbs to plant.
Now let's take a quick look at the 5-IN-1, which as you'll see, solves many of these problems that we've just touched on, but with the added advantage of having many other applications around your lawn and garden aside from just planting bulbs.
Adapter plates, included with your ProPlugger, allow you to dig just the right size hole for each variety of bulbs that you're planting, from hyacinth to daffodils. Quickly slide on either a 2" or a 4" adapter plate, and when no adapter plate is used, you can dig to a full 6" deep hole.
With the 5-IN-1, you're not only working from a comfortable standing position, but you're also working fast, quickly pulling up to a dozen plugs one right after the other. As you pull plugs, they get stored or stacked up inside the tool and when you're ready to empty, you just simply turn the plugger upside down and the plugs slide right out.
And here's a real bonus: Not only can you plug out your planting holes from a standing position, it's actually possible to use the 5-IN-1 to plant your bulbs from that same comfortable standing position.
Here's how it works: After you plug out your hole, turn the 5-IN-1 upside down and empty the plug that you just pulled near the hole. Then position the plugger back over the hole, to use as sort of a planting guide. First drop in any bulb fertilizer that you may want to use, then a small handful of loose soil, then drop in your bulb with the pointy side or the eye to the sky, pointing straight up.
Then fill in the hole gently, using your foot. You can use the working end or the sharp cutting edge of the 5-IN-1 to break up any clods as needed as you fill the hole. Now for the other uses of the 5-IN-1: It also makes a great bedding flower planter, makes a great lawn plugger for cutting and planting sod plugs, as well as transplanting lawn plugs from one part of your lawn to another, It's also a great weeding tool for getting out those hard-to-kill weeds like dandelions, thistle and wild onions. The 5-IN-1 also makes laying out perfect planting holes for borders along a nice winding path quick and easy.
Check out these and even a few more uses of the 5-IN-1 on other areas of this website.