vinca minor

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by creative concepts, Apr 9, 2002.

  1. creative concepts

    creative concepts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I know this might seem like a dumb question but here it goes. Does anyone have an easier way to plant vinca minor than either a hand shovel or by digging a trench? The size of the vinca is 50 plants per flat. I was just trying to come up with ideas to save time planting these so any info would help.

  2. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
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  3. creative concepts

    creative concepts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    Thanks for the reply. I am a little confused by your reply though. Are you referring to a standard auger or those ones for bulbs/annuals? I am assuming you mean the ones for the bulbs/annuals. I have been looking for one of these, so if you have any idea as where to get one it would be appreciated. If we are on a different page all together, let me know that too.
  4. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i have this stuff all over my yard in the spring
  5. Russo

    Russo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    If possible, I'll spend a little extra time preparing the area to be planted, tilling or shovel tilling. Once the ground is loose and prepped really good, I just use my hand to create hole. This is how I do seasonal color ( flowers) anyway and those are 4" pots or 18 / flat. The actuall planting goes fast.

    I've also seen little auger bits that will fit a regular 5/8 drill.

    Hope this helps, Landscraper.

    P.S. You did say 50 / flat, right? Really small plants?
  6. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    Check out Musser Tree Nurseries, they sell a neat little spade-type thing for planting seedlings, you basically stab it in the ground drop the plant in the center pull the tool out and heel the hole in. Done.
  7. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
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    We have an 2 cy Echo gas auger that we can put different drill bits or augers on depending on what we're doing.

    You could use a 2" or 3" auger bit on a gas powered drill to open up your holes. Only draw back here is if the soil is compacted the auger may catch easily (have to ease into the soil and back it out regularly). This will help to loosen the back fill soil, as you will have augered it out. Only draw back is that the bed soil is not well prepared and the relative success of the myrtle planting will show with time.

    Best way we've found is prepare the bed with light tililng (like an annual bed) and then plant with trowel, by hand, etc. into the loose soil.
  8. Lance Takara

    Lance Takara LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    Agree. Tilled, loose soil is the way to go. Soil prep is key. Plant is happy with loose soil and can't go much faster than hand planting for plants that small.
  9. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    a mantis tiller w/ compost tilled in to 4-6" will plant any annual /ground cover fast using hands. when we re-do annuals in beds we tilled a season ago, we'll go with pull out and auger on dewalt 14/4 cordless and two batteries. on planters we'll auger as well. they have them at Lowes or Home depot, or spend 30=50 bucks and get them from an echo dealer for thier gas drill. David
  10. site

    site LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    Here's how we do it- First we loosen up the soil in the entire area to be planted. Next we take a long metal prybar (like you would use for moving large stones) and poke holes in the soil at the correct spacing. Then we move through planting the vinca in each hole and backfilling each as we go. Some holes get accidentally filled in as you go, but its easy to poke new ones.Try it, it 's fast!

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