I just wanted to share my new toy with you. It’s called a Roto Auger. It’s for planting the 150 small evergreen transplants I have arriving next week.
I will talk more about the trees when I get them, but for now, I want to let you know how I am going to plant them. Okay, here’s my plan:
1. Drill hole in the ground about a foot deep using my new Roto Auger.
2. Put tree roots in the hole and fill hole with water.
3. Let water absorb into soil and then fill the hole with the removed dirt.
4. Cover area with wood chips and water again.
I actually had to delay my tree order because it’s so dry around here. Luckily it rained this evening, so things should be a bit better, but I still plan on watering the trees well into Autumn.
I also had to get a few supplies before I received the trees. I needed the auger and I needed the wood chips. Without them, I would be planting all these trees with a shovel and the area wouldn’t be covered to hold in the moisture. That’s what I did last time and it worked okay. I think this way is better though because I can really loosen the soil and have it absorb water much better. Then, after I put on the wood chips, the moisture won’t just dry up like it did with all the trees I planted this Spring.
Anyway, let me tell you about this nice new Roto Garden Auger. It’s not bad. I was expecting something a lot more flimsy. This one is pretty heavy duty and has some nice weight to it. The end of it has three flat spots so your drill holds it without slipping and almost any drill with work with this thing. I bought it on Amazon for about $33. Not bad.
I was going to purchase a big heavy duty half inch drill to operate this bad boy, but I don’t think I will be needing that. I tried a drilling a few holes in the dirt with my cordless drill and it worked out okay. If I have trouble, I may still get the other drill though. We’ll see what happens.
Many people call this auger a bulb planter. Let me tell you that you can use this thing for so many things. People use it to plant small trees, put up fences, plant bulbs…I am guessing and whole bunch of things. If you plan on getting one, don’t let anything stop you. It is 2 feet long and 2 3/4 inches wide, so your imagination is the limit.
Here are some photos of the new Roto Auger.