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Dig holes from a standing position

The ProPlugger 5-in-1 garden tool lets you dig holes from a standing position. It also can do the back-stressing job of pulling up dandelions, wild onions, thistles and other garden intruders.

ProPlugger, made in Waxhaw, is no single-use tool. Use it to collect soil samples so you can discover the nutrient levels in your planting beds, or to remove plugs around trees for drip-edge fertilization.

Most of the downward pressure for pulling up 6-inch-deep plugs is done using your feet, rather than putting stress on your arms and back. Adapter plates can be used to create 2- or 4-inch-deep holes instead. Those variations make planting holes suitable for grasses, bulbs, annuals, ground covers and vegetable seedlings. $45.95 at www.proplugger.com. Also available at Blackhawk Hardware and Monroe Hardware. Karen Sullivan

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