How to Handle a Bulb Planter


The idea of planting a few bulbs with a trowel may seem easy. But planting bulbs in a mass arrangement can be back-breaking work. To ease the workload, you can use a bulb planter. This garden tool pulls a core of soil free when it is inserted into the ground, making perfect holes for planting bulbs at any depth. Purchase a bulb planter in either hand-tool size or with a long handle to help ease back strain from planting.

Step 1

Turn the bulb planter on its side and read the depth measurements printed there. Different bulbs have a variety of planting depths. Note the measurement that is correct to remove soil to the depth required for the bulb you want to plant.

Step 2

Place the bulb planter onto the soil with the narrow end pointed downward and the handle pointed upward.

Step 3

Push and twist the bulb planter into the soil up to the marking on the side that corresponds to the correct depth for your bulb.

Step 4

Pull the bulb planter straight upward to remove the core of soil from the ground.

Step 5

Place the bulb into the hole in the soil.

Step 6

Release the soil from the core and place it back into the hole to cover the bulb. For a manual bulb planter, this is accomplished by crumbling the soil. Newer bulb planters have a release trigger that opens the planter to release the soil.


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Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."