It's bulb-planting time, and if you're planning on popping in some daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and other spring beauties, a bulb-planting tool can lesson the strain on your back and legs. Short-handled bulb planters are fine for planting a few bulbs, but for bigger projects a long-handled bulb planter saves time and effort.
A new type of long-handled bulb planter from Holland makes it even easier to plant bulbs, especially in compacted soil. The planter has two 30-inch-long ash handles that allow you to make a hole and deposit the bulb, all in one step. Simply place a bulb into the cone-shaped reservoir created by the blades, drive the blades into the ground, and open. The blades separate loose soil and release the bulb into the hole. The soil falls back in as you pull the blade out. The hinges double as a step to push the planter into the ground. On hard-packed soil, use the bulb planter as a posthole digger first, with the blades separated, to pull out a clump of soil. Then deposit the bulb. No bending or stooping is required.
For more information on this new bulb planter, go to: Lee Valley.