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Want Some Pretty Flowers Next Spring? Some Tool Tips for You!

You want to increase your curb appeal don't you??  Make the buyers slam on the brakes as they go down the street and see your yard sign, call their agent and say I've got to see THIS HOUSE!??

Because as much as we work the Internet, there are still buyers that cruise the neighborhoods, not sure where they want to move to, just looking for the "right" home that beckons to them!

crocus fieldWell, having great curb appeal is a big part of getting that emotional connection going with your potential buyers!  The right landscaping can help, and in that theme, it's time to get your bulbs in the ground if you want flowers next spring.  Your crocus, daffodil, etc.  need to be planted now (or already) for our region.

We'd like to offer you a few methods for getting those holes dug!  In the picture are three implements specifically designed for getting your bulbs planted.  If you're lucky, you've got nice, soft earth to work with.  If you're like us, too much clay and it's a hassle!

 

bulb planting tools


The bottom device is a hand planter, costs under five bucks at pretty much any store with a lawn and garden section.  This method is basic, you supply all the muscle, drive it into the ground, twist and pull the plug of earth up, then eject it, plant your bulb and put the plug back over the bulb.

The middle device is a bulb auger attachment to put on your power drill.  This one cost almost $40 at a nursery (we'd venture probably cheaper somewhere on the internet).  You drill into the earth, it pulls the dirt up and out, drop your bulb, cover it back up.  From a physical standpoint, the easiest method, but you're limited by the length of your extension cords and the power of your drill.

The top device is basically a souped up hand planter, about $20 at Home Depot.  Same method at work as the hand planter, but here you stand up, push down on the cross bar to the right depth, pull up, flip the lever and the earth plug should fall out.  Probably much easier on the back, arms and knees than the hand planter!

So pick the best tool that suits your needs, and get to it!
We've got a few hundred bulbs to plant, so I think we're opting for the power drill attachment :)

Planting Now for Future Flowers!
Liz and Bill aka BLiz

P.S.  Want more tips on how to improve your curb appeal for a future sale?  Contact The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite, we'll be happy to help! 

UPDATE:  After just finishing planting 90 bulbs tonight, here's what we learned based on our dense soil: 

The hand bulber worked fine for about 5 to 10 holes, then the support arms bent beyond safe use... if you can find a STURDY one, still not a bad way to go. 

The drill bit... well, you need a stronger drill than my Black and Decker, so another trip to the hardware store may be in order. 

The long handled stomper actually worked pretty well, but eventually the opening and dropping of the plug didn't work so well.  Regardless, 90 down, about 400 to go! 

Update 10/10/10:  Bought a 10 amp Dewalt power drill yesterday.  Tested it after getting home, the auger bit cut through the clay dirt easily!  The NEW preferred method is the drill and auger bit!  We'll be done in no time!

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The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth & William Spear
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Bill direct: 513-520-5305     
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10 commentsLiz and Bill Spear • October 05 2010 09:14AM
Want Some Pretty Flowers Next Spring? Some Tool Tips for You!
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