Tips and Troubleshooting:

Planting Tips

1. Before starting your planting project, make sure the area you will be plugging in has moist soil. Plug after a good soaking rain or run a sprinkler a day or two in advance. Moist, but not muddy soil is the key.

2. If the tool gets a clog, please don’t bang the tool on a hard surface like cement as the tool may dent. Shoving the end of a broom or rake handle down the tube will cause the clog to compact.  See Avoiding Clogs – Tips and Tricksbelow.

3. If you hit a rock while plugging, move over and continue plugging. If you hit a rock while plugging grass, you may want to remove the rock so it won’t inhibit root growth. Simply use a screwdriver to pop the rock out and continue plugging.

4. To fill holes created by the ProPlugger, use compost or bagged potting mix or garden soil. For more information, read How To Fill Holes Made With the 5-IN-1 Planting Tool.

5. To create a larger planting hole for bulbs or for annuals and vegetables grown in cell packs, simply widen the hole by stepping down on the ProPlugger footpegs 2 or 3 times in the same area.

6.  Empty the 5-IN-1 of all plugs and spray the inside and outside of the tool after each use. Dried dirt and clay can cause future clogs and are difficult to remove once hardened. 

Lawn and Turf Planting Tips

1. If you’re having difficulty pulling established zoysia plugs for transplanting, try using the 4″ depth ring or going down a full 6″s. 

2. Sod pieces can be tough to cut. By laying your sod piece onto prepared soil, keeping it watered daily (or twice daily during dry, hot weather) for several weeks until the grass roots in, you essentially have created your own “sod farm” to transplant from. Make sure that the area you will be plugging in has been watered a day or two in advance if you haven’t had recent rains. Then using the 2″ depth ring, begin digging planting holes with the ProPlugger and filling them with perfect sized 2″ grass plugs plugged from your rooted-in sod. Fill the donor holes with bagged garden soil, potting mix or a screened mixture of the soil you took when digging your planting holes and compost. Water the newly plugged area and transplant area every day for several weeks.