A sod plugger, also sometimes called a planting tool, is a simple device that is meant to take a small plug out of the ground. The device is powered only by the weight of a human and the basic laws of physics.
The device is essentially a tube which tapers and sharpens at the end. There will be a bar on each side so that you can step on the tool and push it into the ground. Sod pluggers are very useful whenever you need to plant, remove, or re-plant anything.
Best Sod Plugger in 2019
These tools can be used to transplant seedlings, dig holes for bulbs, remove troublesome weeds, and plant in precise lines. Here is a quick look at the top three products that we have found.
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1. ProPlugger 5-IN-1 Lawn Tool – The One That Has It All
This is a big and sturdy tool and looks like it would be pretty hard to break. The entire device is made from thick steel, and the footpegs look as if it would take a very large person indeed to break them. That’s a big plus for a tool of this kind. Another plus is that the plugs are stacked in the main tube, allowing you to take quite a few at once.
The whole tool is covered in a weatherproof plating that is both attractive and durable. We feel confident that this product could be left outside with no real danger of rusting, at least not for a long time. The foam padding on the handles seems like it might be prone to tearing, simply because it isn’t that well-attached.
A Good, Versatile Tool
One thing we like about this model is that it can be adjusted for different depths using plates that fit over the business end. They call this product “5-in-1” because it can be used in five primary ways: as a lawn plugger, a bulb planter, a border planter, a weeding tool, or a bedding planter. The only serious negative with this product is the fact that the plugs it takes (2 and 1/8 inches in diameter) are too small for some purposes.
2. Yard Butler SP-33 – a Bit Simple
This one is much simpler. The Yard Butler is basically a steel box with serrated edges that is meant to grab one plug at a time. It takes a square plug, and one thing we like is that you can take a big chunk with this tool. There is no mechanism to push the plug out once it is taken, so you have to either pry it out or tap it with a mallet.
This one is a good product overall, but it suffers a little in the durability department. Still, it should be sufficient for most tasks. The business end is only held in place by a single weld, and so it may bend under extreme pressure. Overall, this might not be the best choice for those with a big job to do. Manual removal of the plugs make this one a little slower, but it will still do the job and do it well.
3. Corona LG-3720 – Innovative And Effective
This is a lightweight yet sturdy little tool, and it definitely has some good points. The Corona takes a 3-inch square plug, and can only take one at a a time. However, there is a plunger device that allows the plug to be removed easily. No need to pry it, kick it or tap it with a hammer.
The Corona is made of good sturdy steel, although it may look like plastic at first glance. It has soft, comfortable grips that feel good in your hands. The only downside we can see is that this device is made for pretty much one purpose, and that is: transplanting plugs of sod with which to fill grassless areas. That being said, it could easily be adapted to other uses with minimal trouble.
Good Exterior Features
The foot pegs of this model have very good traction and do a good job of keeping your feet from slipping off when you stomp down. We also like the fact that the entire tool is weatherproofed with an attractive grey and red finish. There is no doubt that this one is the best-looking tool on our list.
We do have some durability concerns with this product, just because its steel doesn’t seem to be very thick. We have no doubt that it should hold up well for short-term use, but the lack of thick, beefy pieces of steel makes us feel that this product might not hold up so well over the long haul. If you choose this one, make sure it doesn’t get rusty, or it may fail.
When you begin looking for a new sod plugger, there are certain qualities that you should seek out. As with any product, not all models are created equal. Although this might not be a particularly expensive product, no one wants to waste their money, so let’s examine this list of the things to look for in a good sod plugger.
How to Use a Sod Plugger
Thick, Durable Body
The main body of the product should be made of steel and should be sufficiently thick to make you feel confident that it won’t snap. Remember, any tool is likely to rust a little bit over time, and this means that they can and will eventually fail. This is a product which is meant to bear your weight repeatedly and to stand up to hard outdoor use in general. Keep that in mind when you consider durability.
Make sure that your sod plugger does not consist of bare steel, as bare steel will rust more quickly and increase the chance of breakage. See this study to get an idea of just how quickly bare steel can turn to rust.
The size of a sod plugger will vary somewhat, and this may be a factor for you if you are particularly large or small. Getting a tool that you can comfortably use is important, so try to match your height as nearly as possible. The last thing you want is to use a tool that forces you to bend and stoop over or one that forces you to raise your arms awkwardly.
Proper Plug Size And Shape
All of these tools will take a slightly different size of the plug. Consider the ways in which you are likely to use this tool and determine if the plug size is large enough for your needs. You should also consider whether the tool takes a circular plug or a square one. Although it may not make much difference in the end, most people have a preference one way or the other.
One of the choices on our list was judged rather inferior, and its main failing was that it had no easy way to remove the plug. A simple plunger device like that of the Corona would have helped immensely. Make sure that your chosen product has a way to quickly and easily remove the plug of sod.
Depth Of Plugging
If you plan on using your plugger for planting seeds, you should consider the depth to which the tool will normally sink. For many plants, burying the seeds too deep ensures that they will not sprout. As this study shows, planting depth can affect many things. This is why it is best to look for a model with variable planting depth.
In conclusion, it is clear that the ProPlugger is the best choice on our list, but the Corona isn’t bad either. The Corona lost a few points over durability concerns, but should still be more than sufficient for the average user.
Remember that you should always try to get your money’s worth, and use your sod plugger in as many ways as possible. After all, there are many gardening situations in which a small hole is needed. We hope that this article has been entertaining and informative and that your new tool helps you to create the kind of yard you have always wanted.