Last updated: May 11, 2022

What Does Dibbler Mean?

A dibbler (sometimes spelled 'dibber' or known by the commercial name Bulb Planter) is a gardening tool used to create holes in the soil for planting seeds, bulbs, tubers, seedlings or small plants.

A dibbler comes in many sizes and shapes, including the straight dibbler, T-handled dibbler, trowel dibbler, and L-shaped dibbler. No matter the shape, a dibbler features a tapered end which is pushed into the soil to the required depth.


Maximum Yield Explains Dibbler

Dibblers come in several different designs. A straight dibbler is the classic and most frequently used dibbler. Straight dibblers are anything from a sharpened stick to a more complicated model incorporating a curved handle and pointed steel end that may be made of wood, steel, or plastic.

T-handled and L-shaped dibblers are much like the classic straight dibbler, but with a T- or L-shaped grip that fits in the palm to make it easier to apply torque. The T-grip allows the user to exert even pressure, creating consistent hole depth.

A trowel dibbler combines the features of a dibbler and a trowel. It is usually forged from aluminum or other lightweight material. While one end is for dibbling, the other end is shaped like a trowel.

In some countries, such as New Zealand, a dibbler is often referred to as a mattock. The use of a dibbler was first recorded in Roman times and its design has remained mostly unchanged since. In the 18th and 19th centuries, farmers would use long-handled dibblers of metal or wood to plant crops. One person would walk with a dibbler making holes, and a second person would plant seeds in each hole and fill it in.

In popular culture, the dibblers’ engineering is used differently in various fields. For example, in military parlance, an aircraft drops a 'dibbler bomb' as an anti-runway penetration bomb, which destroys runways by first penetrating below the tarmac before exploding, cratering, and displacing the surface, making repairs difficult and time-consuming.



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