Effectiveness entirely depends on the drill you use. With my cheap cordless drill from Lowe's, this augur will drill about 12 holes for daffodils, then I have to recharge the drill battery for four hours, then I can plant the next 12 daffodils. With my drill, augur cannot get past small stones - if I run into a stone, I relocate my planting hole.
On January 4, 2008, arthulse from Weaverville, NC wrote:
Just purchased a three inch diamter one this fall, cost about $24.00. Used a 1/2 inch power drill, but 3/8th would have worked just as well. Put in over 200 daffodil bulbs in less than 3 hours. Last year it took us most of a day to put in 200 using a conventional bulb planter. This should also work for putting in bedding plants etc.
On June 22, 2007, hcmcdole from Powder Springs, GA wrote:
Works great with a cordless drill. Not only use it for planting bulbs but for putting stakes in the ground. Only problem is large rocks buried underground. Hard ground is not a problem with this tool. Can be purchased at most hardware stores and nursery centers.
The days of using hand tools endlessly digging hole after hole after hole to plant Tulip bulbs are over for me. This product can be purchased in several different sizes and can handle the planting of a host of different sized bulbs and quite a few rhizomes.
I ended up on my rear quite a few times when I first used this accessory. I think the drill I was given to use the auger with was a little bit too much for me. Be very careful using one of these the first time around or you might end up doing involuntary acrobatics in your yard.