What Size Auger for Planting Trees?

If you’re giving your yard a makeover with some new trees, what size auger is for planting trees?  Well, the answer is: it depends. 

Read on to find out what size auger you may need for planting trees this year on your property. 

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What Size Auger for Planting Trees 

What size tree auger you need depends on the size of the trees you are planting. Let’s discuss the size of auger you’ll need from planting both small and larger trees.  The size of auger needed to plant trees ranges from 2 to 6 inches or greater, depending on your project.

Planting Trees: Augers for Planting Small Trees 

If you are planting seedlings, or just tiny little saplings, then the auger you will need is very small.  It would be the same size auger that you would use to plant bulbs or veggie starters in your garden.  Ideal garden augers for your basic garden projects will be 2 to 4 inches and anywhere from 6 inches to 4 feet in length. 

Augers for Planting Trees: What Size Auger for Planting Trees 

I recommend a 6 inch or greater blade for planting trees in 1 gallon pots, you may have to drill a few holes to make is wide enough, but it’s better than shoveling ALLLL that dirt! 

I like to buy larger trees to plant (with big root balls), so I have to wait less time for them to be established and enjoy their beauty, fruits, etc.  This means if you buy those larger trees too, you will need to buy an auger for planting trees that has a large, long blade.  This way, is drills BIG holes and also DEEP holes: perfect for the big trees your brought home from the nursery. 

For these larger trees and shrubs, like 2 gallons or greater, an auger that is 8 inches or greater will work for you.  You can even buy 14 inch auger blades to fit on your current auger powerhead and we think that’s amazing! 

Planting Trees

Planting trees is a great way to beautify your property.  They provide us with shade and fruit.  They also provide us with a calming presence, bringing us closer to nature.  Plant some trees today and enjoy more birds and wildlife in your yard for years to come!


I hope that I was able to help steer you in the right direction about what size auger for planting trees you will need this year.