Rototiller Guide: Best Practices

When to Use a Rototiller

Time to refresh your lawn? Looking to prepare your yard for seed or sod? Trying to level ground? A rototiller may be the most effective tool for accomplishing your goals. However, to ensure you reap the best results you need to know how to prime your yard and properly utilize the rototiller equipment.

Thankfully, Calgrove Equipment Rentals is here to explain how to use a rototiller to accomplish your level ground. With the power of a rototiller, you will be able to loosen compacted soil without going through backbreaking work.

Rototillers are invaluable. That is, if you use them correctly! Follow these steps and you’ll have a golden garden, sound ground for foundational building, or the perfect planting plot.

Renting the Right Rototiller

You must have the right tools to complete your job successfully. Renting the right rototiller comes down to checking what tine diameter, and the tilling width and depth, you require to complete your project. Look for a rototiller with forward rotation, tine shields, and any additional attachments you may need for subsequent features.

A Note on Rototiller Depth

Generally speaking, the larger the rototiller, the greater its maximum depth will be. For many home garden projects, tilling a depth of around 6 inches should be sufficient.

How to Use a Rototiller

1. Prepare Your Ground for Rototilling

Rototillers, no matter how powerful, cannot cut through rocks and other large debris. So, before you begin tilling, remove any large sticks, stones, etc. to ensure you do not damage your equipment. Next, remove any existing grass to achieve the best possible results.

Then, check your grounds moisture. You want to have a moderate level of moisture, so your soil does not clump together. Water the area you are going to till; however, make sure to not make your grounds muddy.

Now, if you are planting in this area, it is time to spread mulch and fertilizer over your targeted surface. About two inches of coverage will provide the enhancement to your soil that you are looking for.

2. Adjusting Your Rototiller

Make sure you check your tiller depth before beginning. For most jobs, a tiller depth between four and six inches will prove ideal, as you won’t encounter tree roots or rocks which can damage your rototiller. Once you have prepared the correct settings, it’s time to till the area.

If the soil is compact and hard, start tilling with the shallowest setting. However, if you have watered the grounds, you can continue with your desired depth.

3. Begin Tilling

Now it’s time to go over your grounds! In parallel rows, as if you were mowing your lawn, go over the surface evenly and perpendicularly. Make sure you don’t miss an area, or you could encounter issues with your planting or job site.

4. Smooth the Surface

For those who are planting: after you complete rototilling your lawn, go over the area with a rake. This will reveal if there is any remaining debris that you may have missed. After establishing a smooth surface, leave the site alone for a week. After this period, if there are no weeds growing, you will be able to install fresh sod or seed your lawn!

Rototilling Tips to Remember

Do not overwork the soil! This can happen when you pass over an area too many times, so make sure you are keeping track of your movements.

Periodically clean the tines and remove any tangled or built-up debris. This will ensure that your rototiller is functioning efficiently and will additionally prevent system breakdowns.

For your rototiller rental needs, contact Calgrove Equipment Rentals at (818) 805-1617. We are here to provide industry-standard equipment for you to accomplish your goals. We are currently taking all necessary precautions in order to ensure the health and safety of our clients and technicians. For more information on our response to COVID-19, please do not hesitate to contact us today.