4 Tips for Selecting a Bulb Planter

If you intend to plant bulbs in your garden, a bulb planter is the right tool for the job. It is a cylindrical hand-held tool used to dig holes in the soil. You sink a hole into the ground with the planter barrel to the desired depth. Most planters have a depth mark indicated which allows you to select the depth of hole you desire. Once you attain your depth mark, you twist the planter then extract the soil. You then place in your bulb. The planter helps you to plant with minimal disturbance to surrounding plants. Below is a guide to help you pick a planter that best meets your needs.

1.   Size

Small versions of planters are known as dibbers. The disadvantage of small planters is that you have to bend when you plant. You’re also likely to readjust your position several times in the course of work. This causes discomfort. It also increases the time taken to plant. If you have back or knee problems, smaller planters may not be the ideal choice. They also result in a higher level of fatigue.

2.   Plant Depth Marks

Most models have the depth marks indicated on the side. This allows you to easily determine what depth is right for you when you post holes in the ground. The depth gauge makes it easier for you when you have to plant different types of bulbs. However, some models do not have the depth markings. This calls for extra time and effort because you have to gauge which depth is right.

3.   Handle Length

Certain bulbs require deep holes when planted. Long handled planters are best for the job. You can push these planters very deeply into the soil with minimal effort. Longer handles are also kinder on the back. They spare you from having to bend over as you plant. This is an important consideration if you intend to plant bulbs over a large area. Long handles make the job easier to accomplish. They also cause less fatigue. Longer handled planters cost more than the shorter sizes. However, since they’re less strenuous and more comfortable to use, they may be well worth the price. Whatever type you select, be sure to check if the handle allows you an easy grip. A hard to grip handle will add to the rigors of the job.

4.   Material

Planters may be made of aluminum, stainless steel, chrome plated steel or mild steel. Steel is more durable than aluminum due to its higher resilience. Handles may be plastic or wooden. Wooden handles are more susceptible to damage especially when exposed to moisture. Wood is also more high maintenance than plastic. It requires a couple of coats of varnish or lacquer to remain in good shape. It is best to sand down wooden handles before you reapply the protective coat. This allows the coat to hold better. Plastic handles can be used in a wet environment with no adverse effects on the material. They do not easily split or chip, unlike wooden handles.