Time to Till: Using a Tiller to Prepare Your Garden for Spring

There is only one way that plot of soil is going to become the garden that you want this year and that’s through some tough work and a bit of patience. And job one is to break up the packed soil from winter. Fortunately, you can make easy work of this challenge with your garden tiller.

A tiller is an excellent tool to help prepare your garden for spring planting because it both loosens the soil and aerates it, which improves soil texture. It’s also strong enough to easily remove weeds or leftovers from last year and integrate compost into the soil.

The best time to till is a day or two after it rains because the soil will be soft, slightly damp and easy to work with. If the soil is too wet it will clump heavily, and if it’s too dry it will be difficult to till. It’s also important to wait until the soil is warm before tilling.

We’ve got your back with a few simple steps to get you started.

How to Till Your Garden in 6 Steps:

* Before tilling, read your operator’s manual and become familiar with how to safely operate your tiller.

  1. Remove any rocks, debris or thick vegetation from your garden.
  2. Set the tiller to the appropriate depth.
  3. Till systematic lengthwise rows across the garden and loosen the top six to eight inches of soil to prepare for planting.
  4. Repeat tilling if there are any clumps that didn’t break up the first time, and remove any objects that turn up in the process.
  5. Spread lime, manure or compost material of your choice, depending on what your soil needs most, on top of the soil.
  6. Till again to mix into the soil.
  7. Tilling will help position your garden for successful planting and growing seasons. Look for a tiller with a powerful Briggs & Stratton engine® to help you save time and get the job done right.

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