Digging Clean Post Holes in Artificial Turf

Feb 6 2017 | posted in: All Posts, Fence Post Holes | 0

Artificial Turf was difficult to dig clean holes through until now. The new Vacuum Assisted Holey-Moley Digger now makes digging post holes for a rod iron gate in artificial turf clean and easy instead of the messy job that that it once was.  Now the Holey-Moley Digger sucks up dirt as you dig eliminating the requirement of putting down a drop cloth or transferring the dirt to a wheelbarrow.  Any small amount of dirt that ends up on the turf is easily cleaned up with the same shop vacuum used to dig the hole.


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Digging Clean Post Holes In Artificial Turf

by Titus Nelson, PE

Inventor of the Holey-Moley Digger

Rod Iron Gate Project

A friend of mine wanted to start his Rod Iron Gate project which he dreaded doing. When I asked him about it, he said that digging holes in artificial turf was his worst nightmare. First he needed to cut a hole in the turf which always looked bad.  Second, digging the hole spreads the dirt around and it is always hard to clean up. Whenever he used water to wash the turf off, it created mud. Finally his wife seemed to always get mad in the middle of the project. Her madness evolved around the mess and elevated the stress level.  He needed help so I told him about my Holey-Moley Post Hole Digger and suggested he try it.

The Digger Head

The digger head is just over 4-inches in diameter and the hole is about right for a rod iron post.  I assured him that there wouldn’t be any mess because the shop vacuum sucks up all the dirt.   He would easily be able to clean up small amounts of dirt spillage with the shop vacuum.  It didn’t take much egging to get him to begin.   Before I knew it I was carting my digger and shop vacuum across the street to help him out.

Easy Steps

He had the posts ready to go and we cut some small circles in the turf about 4 inches in diameter.  The diameter of the Holey-Moley Digger head is 4-½ inches and it easily pressed through the turf hole.   I started up the vacuum and he started rotating the digger back and forth about 45 degrees.   It took about 90 seconds to dig down 2 feet.  He pulled the digger out of the hole (a small amount of dirt fell onto the turf) and he stuck the vacuum hose into the hole to clean it out.


My neighbor was dumbfounded.  He couldn’t believe how fast and easy it was to dig the hole, and to his surprise, and mine, there was no mess.  Well, he finished digging the remaining holes and he had a kick doing it.  The old days of rotating those back wrenching hand augers is over, we both actually had fun marveling at how easy the hole digging process was.   Here is a picture of the only dirt that was spilled out of the hole.



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As you can see with the digger in the hole, the actual diameter of the hole in the turf fits close to the 2-inch diameter suction pipe.  On the second hole we hit a bit of wet ground that stuck in the digger head a bit but we pulled the digger out and poked it a few times with a screwdriver and the dirt went right up the suction line. We were back at it and finished in no time.   All four holes took less than 5 minutes of digging.


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The close tolerance and small diameter hole meant we were not going to use much concrete.

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The digger handle is 5 feet long putting the handle at shoulder hight for the start and at 3 feet when we hit bottom depth of the holes.

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To get the concrete slurry into the hole we poured it through a funnel.  This made it easy to get the slurry below the artificial turf.  In no time we had a great looking fence with no mess.  Everyone was pleased.


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