Before you start digging out your garden, it’s important to understand whether a tiller removes roots or whether this is an unwanted expense. Root removal by hand can be extremely labor-intensive and quite time-consuming, but using a tiller cuts the amount of work required substantially. However, before you decide to hire someone else to dig up your soil, you should know whether a manual method is the best choice.
Tilters can easily move soil around and loosen soil which would otherwise be very hard to remove with hand. They are also useful when you want to move large quantities of soil quickly to other areas. On the downside, a tilterman can be heavy, unwieldy and difficult to operate. So, is a tiller ideal for removing roots in your garden?
Depends on the quality of soil. Loose soil, where the roots have been stripped away, will obviously require a tiller. If you have just dug a large hole, then the tiller will pull up much more soil than a hand-tilled hole. If you’re simply moving soil for a fence, driveway or patio, a tiller isn’t likely to be ideal, as it will likely to make the job easier and faster. The same is true for using it to harvest vegetables; the larger the area that you need to cover, the more likely you’ll be able to use a tiller effectively.
So, does a tiller remove roots? Theoretically, yes. That’s because a tiller can pull up and move soil from one place to another very efficiently. However, there are several factors to consider before you invest in one. First, make sure that the tiller you purchase is large enough to handle the job. This is important for two reasons:
A large tiller will require a lot more effort to move the soil than a smaller, more compact one. You’ll also need to invest in the correct equipment – a roller and spade. Spades are particularly useful in wet climates, as they can reach deep into the soil. A roller will give you better control, especially if you have a large area to plow. In wetter climates, however, a roller may prove insufficient.
So how does a tiller solve this problem? Usually, you’ll just add water to the top of the tiller. The water will percolate down through the small holes in the base and push through the soil. This can be done over several days, depending on the size of your hole and the type of soil. After a while, roots will start to sprout up and fill in any spaces, removing them from the soil. This process may take a few months, or it may be complete in a matter of weeks.
On larger farms, it may take months or even years to reach the same depth of soil. If your tiller isn’t powerful enough, you could end up with a layer of sand on top of your tiller-and that sand may have roots. That sand, plus the roots from the grass, will make it difficult for you to move the tiller in the future, if you want to. And that means that you may still need to use a plow.
If your tiller is powered by electricity, you may also want to consider an electrically powered rotating tiller. These are available at garden centers and some hardware stores. Some of these are quite large, resembling mini-vans. They have a motor that rotates the tiller at a rate of about 18 inches a day. It’s important to make sure that the electric tiller is large enough to move the large amount of dirt that’s pulled up (many people get the impression that they should put dirt into the tiller, but this is not necessarily true).