Tips on Using a Rototiller

A rototiller is an important gardening tool to accelerate garden preparation. Electric or gas rototillers break up the ground according to the depth set. Gardeners can then use other gardening equipment to clean, fertilize and level the area for planting. Rototillers make it possible to create the ideal planting area with the least amount of work.

Safety and Clothing

Safety is an important consideration when operating any type of powered equipment. Perform all routine maintenance and repairs on the rototiller before operating. Clearing the area of obvious large debris can reduce the likelihood of injury. Clothing is important since loose-fitting clothing could get caught in the tines. Long-sleeve pants and closed-toed shoes will help prevent potential injuries from any rocks, sticks or other debris that might fly out of the dirt during the tilling.

Rental of Equipment

There are numerous types, models and features available for rototillers. Renting the equipment rather than purchasing it may save you money in the long run. Plan ahead and prep the areas of the yard for tilling. This will save time and enable you to complete tilling in one or two days. Several people in one neighborhood or family could plan on sharing the rototiller and splitting the cost of rental to save even more money.

Ease the Workload

Operating a rototiller is similar to an operating an electric or gas lawn mower. The equipment is self-propelled. Some rototillers are ergonomic to prevent strain and fatigue during operation. Guiding the rototiller instead of pushing it along will save work and reduce stress on the back.

Tine Selection

The large tine rototillers are designed for digging and breaking hard ground. Areas with rocks, hard clay or even trenches are suitable for large tines. Small tine rototillers are best for smaller jobs that primarily require mixing broken soil or soft ground. Areas that are partially dug or that require the addition of compost or manure are ideal for small tine rototillers. Using the proper size tines will make the job easier and faster.

Watering the Tilling Area

Some areas have heavy vegetation and hard soil. Adding water to the area to lightly soak the ground can make it easier to use a large tine rototiller. The vegetation roots will break away in the softer, wet soil. Do not over-water the area or it can quickly turn into a muddy mess.

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Joyce Priddy has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in psychology, with a minor in early childhood development. She has been freelance writing for five years and primarily writes for eHow.