What To Look For in a Bulb Planter Tool
Bulb planters take a lot of the strain out of planting flower beds, saving on hours spent kneeling and bending.
First, you’ll need to decide if you want a long or short-handled tool. Short-handled dibbers are great for simplicity. They quickly make small holes, perfect for small bulbs and seedlings. If you’re planting a lot of larger bulbs, use a bulb planter hand tool that removes plugs of earth. This tool creates uniform holes, and fills them in again, in two simple steps. Look for a width of around 60 mm, and depth marking on the side – something that can be really useful when planting different types of bulb.
To save yourself from any bending, choose a long-handled bulb planter. Look for one that is between 80 – 100 cm in length in order to spare your back. Wide foot treads can help make the job easier as well, leaving plenty of room to push the tool into the ground.
As with all garden equipment, the best bulb planter tool will be made from durable materials that won’t buckle when used in hard soil. Look out for powder-coated steel that will retain its edge and resist rust.
After testing several different bulb planters, we’ve chosen the ProPlugger 5-in-1 Bulb Planting Tool as our top choice. It’s a long-handled tool that’s great for larger bulbs. It comes with depth rings to help make 5 cm, 10 cm or 15 cm holes. There are also large foot treads that help push it into the soil, and comfortable, padded handles. Overall, it made planting bulbs, and covering the holes, a much easier job.
See below for our full review of this bulb planter, as well as the other tools we tested.