Why and How to Rototill your Lawn or Garden

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(Newswire.net — March 12, 2021) — 

Homeowners enjoy having a lush green lawn and a beautiful flower garden but often don’t realize all the steps involved to make that happen. They can feel frustrated when they water and fertilize their lawn and garden often and still don’t see the results they would like. Adding rototilling to the list of outdoor chores can help lawns and gardens survive longer into the season while also producing more robust plants.

What is a Rototiller?

A rototiller is a lawn tool powered by gas or electricity. As homeowners push a rototiller, its blades churn and break up the soil. Although a small rototiller that people can manually push is the most popular type, the lawn tool is also available as a driveable or pullable machine. Rototillers come in a range of sizes as well.

A push rototiller comes with a large set of front tires. The design of the equipment makes it possible for it to push soil over the tines that revolve around an axle in the back. The depth of the tines can range from a few inches to approximately 12 inches. Homeowners should also invest in a protective shield to prevent the rototiller from becoming bogged down with grass and soil and responding in an unpredictable manner. A protective shield helps to prevent injuries to the homeowner as well.

Follow These Tips Before Starting the Rototilling Process

A garden must be at least six square feet for the rototilling process to be effective. Before pushing, pulling, or driving a rototiller, operators should put on safety goggles to protect their eyes from flying debris and steel-toed boots to avoid cutting their feet.

The best way to start rototilling is by pushing the equipment down the longest available pathway. Using this method makes it possible for rototiller operators to cover the most ground in their garden without the risk of damaging it from standing on the soil too long.

The Best Time of Year to Till a Garden

Tilling a garden in early spring approximately three weeks before planting makes the most sense because the soil is still dry, and the weather is just starting to become warmer. People in warmer climates may be able to start the process as early as mid-March while those in cooler climates may need to wait until the end of May. Early fall is also an ideal time for rototilling since temperatures are starting to cool down again and the ground is more likely to be dry.

The problem with tilling wet soil is that it causes damage to the earth surrounding the garden that homeowners will need to make use of as the garden grows. A simple way to determine the dryness of soil is to attempt to insert a trowel into it. This will be difficult to do when the ground is dry, which means that is the ideal time to begin rototilling.

If it turns out that rototilling requires too much physical exertion, homeowners can always hire a professional landscape or gardening company to complete the task for them. This option can also save them money from having to rent or buy the equipment themselves.