Cut The Perfect Plug While Digging

Cutting a perfect plug will help you recover your target faster and leave a minimal trace of digging or damage to a lawn so that no one would even notice you’d been digging there. Here’s everything you need to know before you begin cutting a plug.

Metal detecting is the hobby of searching and digging for various items like coins and jewelry. To do this, you must search through the dirt, grass, or water until you find something worth saving. Metal detectors work by sending waves through the ground and listening for any objects that move within those sounds. These moving objects could be buried treasure or junk.

Metal detectors are fun tools used to find buried treasure. They work like radar; they send pulses through the earth, looking for metals that reflect those signals. Once the detector finds something metallic, it sends a signal to alert you. Metal detectors vary widely in price and complexity.

Beginner models are available at $50-$600, but professional units cost thousands of dollars. Regardless of cost, these machines take time and effort to learn how to operate correctly. Here are some tips to ensure you don’t destroy anything valuable during your search.

Cutting Begins

The purpose of cutting a plug is to reduce the damage done to the ground, leaving little to no trace of having cut into the ground, and keep the area as intact as possible. In grass-covered areas, cut a plug by gently creating a circular cut in the top ground to be moved to the side as one piece. A semi-complete cut can be done where the soil is moist enough to fold the cut over as if opening a hinged container.

Find Your Target

After removing the plug, it is time to use a handheld pinpointer. Do this slowly and gently until you locate the exact spot where the metal object can be found. Once all items have been found and carefully removed, it is time to refill the plug with any loose soil and the top piece.

Replacing Your Plugs

Make sure any extra dirt is placed back into the hole. Ensure the sides of the cut plug match up well before putting the top layer down. Firmly press the top layer once in a position to keep it from moving if it is walked on. The roots of the grass will reattach and grow with the neighboring roots as if nothing had ever happened.

Additional Tips

Sprinkle a little water on top of the plug to help maintain the health of the recently cut grass.


Now that you know how to cut your own plug and adequately replace it when done, it’s time to go out and have fun on your next hunt. Always practice being a good steward of the hobby so everyone can continue to enjoy their outings and adventures.

Jason Smith

I am a Marine who now works as a Web Developer. I have five US States left to visit. I like whiskey, wine, and coffee, soaking in hot springs or in my hot tub.

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