Last Updated On: October 7th, 2020
Plant all your bulbs in the fall and spring (along with saving your back, shoulders, and wrists from digging) by using the best bulb planting tool, a bulb auger.
If you are reading this article, then we know you want to plant and enjoy flowering bulbs, such as Daffodils, Tulips, Muscari, Iris, and many more, in your yard and garden. You also are probably looking to save time and avoid digging too many holes on your hands and knees with a hand-trowel or even larger holes with a shovel. With a bulb auger, you don't have to.
Never heard of a bulb and bedding auger before? Luckily, we are here to explain why this tool is so amazing, how to use it properly, and where to find the best bulb auger.
In this article, we aren't going to go over in-depth bulb planting steps; read here on How to Plant Your Garden Bulbs (eBook). We will, however, teach you how to use this bulb auger to plant your bulbs. Also, or bulb planting misconceptions in this article.
Whether you're new to gardening or you consider yourself a more experienced gardener, by the end of this article, you'll have a better understanding of what a bulb auger is, why you should buy one for your garden, and the best place to find and purchase one fast.
Read our Best Bulb Auger post to learn about:
- What is a Bulb Auger?
- What to know and why do you need one?
- Where can you find one?
- Our "How to Plant Bulbs with an Auger" YouTube video resource
- Bulb planting articles, podcasts, and further resources
You might be asking yourself "what is a bulb auger" or "what is an auger"?
Augers are basically drill bits with enlarged grooves or channels that literally dig into, in this case, garden soil and move it up and out of the ground where you want it removed.
In our case and use for bulb planting, we are using a handheld auger to displace soil to create planting holes so we can purposefully plant bulbs, like Daffodils, Tulips, and Crocosmia, in our garden.
Using a bulb auger takes away a lot of the hand digging and on your hands and knees work to actually get your bulbs planted. We like the Power Planter Bulb Auger, and will tell you why below!
You still need to plan and think about where you want your bulbs placed, color combinations and number of flowers in each grouping, their height differences, sunlight and water needs, along with depth for digging, BUT the actual digging is much easier when you use a bulb auger. The auger does all the digging for you, especially when attached to a hand drill motor.
Bulb Auger Uses
There are a lot of different uses for bulb augers, besides actually planting bulbs. You can use augers to
- aerate compost and soil,
- create holes or cavities for termite bait-stations,
- dig holes for poles or posts,
- mix concrete or mortars or paint or sealers,
- clear drains and straight piping, or
- dig horizontally.
The Best Bulb Auger
We purchased and bought the Power Planter Bulb Auger with audacious plans to place over 100-bulbs in and around our garden. In the past, we had always dreaded planting really any bulbs because we had to hand dig all the planting holes. This was on top of all our other fall garden tasks we needed to get done, so we weren't too enthusiastic about it. Now we have the Power Planter Bulb Auger and using this to get all our spring-flowering bulbs planted has freed up time, lessen the physical need to dig and plant, along with not being sore and tired when you have to get on your hands and knees to plant. It was GREAT!
This bulb auger is easy to handle and use right out of the package. If you have ever used a hand power-drill before, the Power Planter Bulb Auger is just another kind of drill bit you need to secure to your drill to get the job done.
If you've never used one before, read on below.
Also learn How to Plant Your Garden Bulbs (eBook)
Using a Bulb Auger
Simply secure the bulb auger in your power-drill head and watch the magic happen. Be careful when augering your first couple of holes as the drill will literally pull you down into the soil. It's super fun after a couple of uses.
Point the auger directly over and to the soil where you want to place your bulb(s) and pull the drill trigger to watch the soil be pushed up and out of your planting hole. It's super easy to dig down past your needed bulb hole planting depth, so just be aware.
If you feel so inclined, place or wrap around a level some yellow, red, or highly visible colored duct tape on the bulb auger bit to mark your bulbs preferred planting depth. You can use a tape measure or even a ruler, whatever is handy, measure from the very first auger "fin" or "groove" up towards the drill motor to get the right depth measurement. When augering your bulb planting holes, you will see the colored tape reach the topsoil level, stop the drill and remove it from the hole. Waaalaaa! Your bulb planting hole is at the correct depth for your specific bulb to be planted.
Pros and Cons of the Power Planter Bulb Auger
There are so many reasons why you would want to use a bulb auger to plant all your bulbs in the fall or spring seasons.
- Made in USA and 100% sourced material is used to make each auger from Power Planter.
- This bit size is ideal for planting bulbs and bedding plants.
- Long lasting auger bid that is enamel-coated for maximum durability and use.
- Comes in black or pink colors.
- Can drill and make holes in all types of soil.
- Has a non-slip hex-drive bit and will fit any 3/8-inch drill.
- And has a lifetime warranty on the craftsmanship and materials.
- You might only have a few bulbs to plant and add to your garden this fall or next spring.
- Only a small area of your garden is getting planted.
- A huge portion of your landscape is being renovated and dug up where you don't need to auger just specific holes.
(Insider tip: before making your auger holes with your bulb auger, place out your actual bulbs on the ground where you intend to plant them and make sure your general spacing is correct, especially according to what any packaging or grower information says.)
Bulb Auger Supplies
Along with your new Power Planter Bulb Auger, you'll need a few other tools and supplies to get started.
Your bulb auger needs a drill to attach to so it can do its magic. If you do not currently own one, we'd highly recommend the DEWALT Cordless 12-volt 3/8-inch Power Drill Kit. This kit comes with the drill, lithium battery, and charger station in an easy to carry case.
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For those tight areas that required hand digging, we recommend using tools with depth markings and other bulb hand planting tools. Here is our recommendation: the TABOR 3-Piece Bulb Planting Garden Tool Set. You get a Trowel with depth markings, a Dibber, and a Bulb Planter with depth markings along with a automatic soil-release mechanism.
Additional tools and supplies:
After planting all your bulbs, you need to care for them once they pop out of the ground. You want to be smart with your garden maintenance. Your bulbs will require water, possibly setting up a drip line and automating your watering routine. Also, many of your flowers will grow tall and will need some kind of support once they bloom. There is nothing worse than planting beautiful flowers only to watch
- DRAMM Soaker Hose
- Flower Stakes, to keep your bulb flowers standing straight and tall.
Bulb Planting Articles, Podcasts, and Resources
Click on any of the below for step-by-step instructions on general bulb planting, kinds of bulbs, and lots more:
- Bulb planting like a pro - FREEbie planting guide
- Planting Garden Bulbs, our eBook on how to identify and plant each of the 5 types of bulbs
- Bulb Planting Misconceptions - DIY Garden Minute Episode 111
- Fall Bulb Planting, Explained - DIY Garden Minute Episode 15
- Free Fall Gardening Bonus Chapter with bulb planting and other fall tips from our eBook - Four Season Gardening
Bulb Auger Conclusion
Now that you have learned what a bulb auger is and how and why you should use one, what are you waiting for?!
If you need different sizes of augers, Power Planter has lots to choose from, so check them out!
Get started with the Power Planter Bulb Auger and put your Daffodils, Tulips, Muscari, and other bulbs in the ground with ease and confidence. Then, once your bulbs pop up in the late winter or early spring, use your new DRAMM hose and nozzle, along with your flower stakes to keep them growing healthy and straight in the new growing season!
Now we want to hear from you!
How did you use your bulb auger this fall? What bulbs did you plant?
Let us know by leaving a quick comment below!
Bulb Auger Resources:
- Power Planter Auger Guide - make sure to scroll down the page and choose the auger diameter you want. We have described here the 3" (three inch) size.
- Power Planter Amazon Front Page - this is the main page for Power Planter on Amazon.com and you can find all sorts of different augers from there to fit your needs.
P.P.S. Check out our Resource Library page for FREE printable freebies!
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