Updated: Feb 20
Can You Dig It?
Love gardening, but hate the drudgery of digging?
Or worried about the effect strenuous digging of tough soil might have on your back?
If that sounds like you, there’s a handy way to take all the strain and backache out of gardening digging chores, and many other digging duties as well.
DiggerBit is a selection of versatile, easy-to-use tools that put the power of efficient digging right in the palm of your hand.
In technical terms, they’re auger earth drills – rugged drill bits that simply fit onto cordless power drills to convert them into efficient hand-held drill digging devices.
DiggerBit’s multi-purpose designs enable them to quickly and easily slice into earth to drill out precise holes for a wide range of gardening needs – planting or re-cultivating plants, bulbs and flowers of all shapes and sizes, post holes for fencing and even holes for termite bait stations.
Elsewhere around the garden they can also be used for mixing potting soil, blending fertiliser, placing grass plugs, aerating soil and compost, planting trees and even mixing cement.
They’re especially useful if you’re confronted by hard or compacted earth that’s difficult to penetrate and break down with a normal hand trowel or spade.
Its versatility is the key to DiggerBit’s success. For as well as its applications in the garden, it’s also ideal for drilling holes for use in many other outdoor activities – for beach umbrellas, volleyball posts.
Every homeowner and landscaper should get to know DiggerBit. Proudly Australian family owned company, its range of drill bits are all custom-designed to make digging holes, as well as handling other garden and lawn tasks, easy and simple.
Owning a DiggerBit auger earth drill is handy for any avid gardener, landscaper or general groundworks – it simplifies working with the soil and is a wise addition to any shed of gardening tools.
Take for example the chore of manually digging holes for sowing seeds or planting bulbs. Using a hand trowel or spade, it’s a time-consuming and laborious process.
But attach a DiggerBit auger to your drill and you speed-up the process of digging holes in the soil, taking seconds to complete the task instead of all the time it takes with manual tools.
And as a result, your production increases with a reduced effort on your part.
A further benefit is the ability to dig holes of an ideal size for plants, for as every gardener knows, plants will thrive when they’re planted in holes with the right size and depth that encourages their roots to grow and spread evenly.
DiggerBit’s augers take all the guesswork and difficulty out by drilling out precise holes quickly, consistently and easily.
Once you become accustomed to using DiggerBit’s augers the alternative method of using a manual gardening tool and striking the ground to create the holes you desire becomes an uncomfortable scenario of the past.
Attaching the DiggerBit auger to your drill speeds up the process of digging, which in turn increases production as now it will take just seconds to dig a hole for planting seeds or bulbs.
So there’s no need to spend all day digging, you can be freed-up with ample time to focus on other tasks around the garden.
Because DiggerBit augers are small and used in conjunction with a cordless drill, it’s a portable system that’s easy to handle.
Holding a drill with the auger isn’t heavy, which means people of all ages are capable of using the tool to dig into the soil. The power of the drill combined with the blades of the auger eliminates the need to use physical strength for digging.
Easing the Effort
That brings us neatly to another of DiggerBit’s benefits – the vast reduction, and in most cases elimination, of physical discomfort from the effort of manual digging with conventional tools.
Acknowledgement: The above photos of the Kelahers are taken by Craig Mason of East Coast Photography
Of course, it’s normal for the human body to suffer from exhaustion when physically digging soil for gardening or other requirements.
Hands and backs endure unnecessary strain that requires regular breaks and there’s also the fact that people with pre-existing conditions, such as arthritis, struggle to maintain the physical intensity needed for digging holes.
But using an earth auger can eliminate the physical pain of manual labour, and it will do a better job into the bargain.
Drill Bits for All
DiggerBit offers a range of four different auger drill bits designed for specific applications:
2x7 DiggerBit - made of solid steel, this 5cm x 17.5cm auger is the smallest in the range and best used for punnets, seedlings and small bulbs.
3x7 DiggerBit - when you plant your flowers, or simply need to cultivate soil before planting larger bulbs, the slightly bigger 7.5cm bit is perfect for larger bulbs that might just need a bit more space in the ground.
3x12 DiggerBit – if you have a vegetable garden you may need to do deep cultivation and tilling, or drill post holes, which makes the longer shaft of the 30cm planting auger the perfect tool for the job.
3x24 DiggerBit – this is the ideal tool for when it’s difficult to bend – that’s why it’s named the Back-Saving Auger and renowned as the best tool for comfort gardening. The 60cm shaft will allow you to stand comfortably while you dig post holes, mix compost heap or aerate the soil. It can even be used for mixing cement or similar for bigger projects.
The easiest way to make successes of gardening or DIY projects, is to plan carefully and properly
Even before you start, be sure to check with Australia’s Dial Before You Dig service so they can locate any underground utilities and avoid you causing damage to a line you didn’t know was there.
Make a checklist of supplies to make sure you have everything – and that includes selecting the right auger for the job.
DiggerBit provides full specifications of each auger for precise selection to match the needs of the task in hand.
It’s also important to have the right drill for auger to be used on the job. For its augers, DiggerBit recommends an average domestic cordless drill with at least an 18V battery.
Drilling at the wrong speed is a common mistake that can be made. It’s always best to drill at a low speed, applying relevant pressure to the particular soil being worked on.
You should limit digging to arable soils. Although you can dig holes with DiggerBit augers in a variety of ground surfaces such as soft soil, hard soil, shale and clay, don’t try to drill through anything solid, such as rock.
Hard ground may need a bit of pressure to start the hole and it’s recommended to use DiggerBit’s augers on screwdriver mode on a cordless drill; the speed can always be slowly increased if needs be.
Once drilling, keep the auger in a vertical position. There’s no need to press on it once it starts digging, just hold it vertical and let it do its job.
As previously noted, there’s several ways to use DiggerBit’s auger bits when working outdoors. They’re must have tools that can handle a variety of tasks, including:
Planting bulbs - special auger bit for planting makes it easy to dig perfectly-spaced holes of uniform depth for your bulbs. You can use these attachments with any power drill, which means that you can also dig your holes cordlessly.
Digging post holes - augers aren’t just for planting – you can also use them to dig post holes for fences, decks, mailboxes, and other projects that require a lot of digging. This tool can make all these tasks much easier and less stressful.
Installing termite bait stations - termites can be quite a nuisance, but you may not even know that you have them until they have already caused significant damage. An earth auger can make it much easier for exterminators to install termite bait stations.
Digging irrigation trenches - if you need to dig trenches for a sprinkler or irrigation system, an auger can make the job faster and simpler. It can also keep you from having to rent expensive equipment or pay a contractor, potentially saving you a significant amount of money.
Making potting mix - you can use an auger to put together your own potting soil by combining compost, pearlite, and peat moss. Pre-made commercial mixes can be expensive, and this method is easy and affordable.
To find out more, visit: www.diggerbit.com.au
Purchase products: www.diggerbit.com.au/products/
A word from Brilliant's CEO
Gardening is therapeutic
I don't have green fingers :) so the main person who tends to our gardens and herbs is my husband :)
I must say that you can learn a lot by playing in the dirt. I observe one of our clients, TG's Child Care who are extremely proud of their award-winning gardens and how the children become super eco-intelligent playing there. As toddlers, they know where food comes from, the germinating process, how earthworms come into play in the entire eco-system, recycling water and of course ultimately enjoy the fruits of their gardens. It's so admirable what they do.
So with DiggerBit, dig deep, throw your stress into the soil and grow a beautiful day!
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