When I plant bulbs with a drill, I use “stock” spade drill bits, not those special augers that are sold in garden centers. On the left is the drill bit I used five or six years ago to drill 800 holes in my front yard for crocuses. On the right is a fairly new spade bit. There’s quite a difference in those two bits, which brings up the first lesson of using this method of planting bulbs.
Don’t expect to use a drill bit for drilling into wood after you’ve used it for planting bulbs. When you drill into the ground, you will quickly dull the blade.
Other tools that you will need for planting bulbs besides the drill bits are an electric drill, safety glasses, your pruners, some gloves, and of course, the bulbs.
Don’t try to drill without the safety glasses! Dirt still flies up as your drill, though not as much as it does if you use an auger bit.
You will also need a bucket of dirt, any old dirt, like this dirt that came out of a container planting.
I use a corded electric drill because that’s what I have. Plus, I don’t think a cordless drill will give you enough power to drill a good hole if you have heavy or clay soil.
Once you’ve assembled all the bulbs, tools, and supplies, you are ready to go.
I planted a lot of my bulbs in this area by my front porch.
I brushed the mulch aside, put my safety glasses on and commenced to drill some holes.
Once you’ve drilled the holes, drop a bulb in each one and then cover the hole over with some of the extra dirt your brought along.
Then move on to the next area and repeat.
That’s all there is to planting bulbs with a drill and a spade bit.
It’s easy and it’s fast. I got all my minor bulbs planted this afternoon, on a typical cloudy November day, except it was close to 60 degrees. Perfect weather for planting bulbs like…
The third and final lesson is to take your pruners with you any time you are in the garden. You won’t need them for planting bulbs, but you might find something that needs to be cut off or cut back when you are out there, and won’t it be easier if you have your pruners with you?
If you have any questions about this method for planting bulbs, leave a comment or send me an email.