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Learn how to use a tiller from Lowe's, so your garden soil will be loose, fluffy and finely textured — perfect for planting a great garden.
1. Select a rototiller based on the size and labor requirements of the chosen planting area.
TIP: Four-cycle gas engines typically are larger and have more power than two-cycle engines. Four-cycles run on gasoline; two-cycles require a mixture of gas and oil as indicated by the manufacturer.
2. Make sure that the selected garden area doesn't have underground utility lines that can be damaged by digging tools. Before digging or cultivating a new garden, call 811 to be connected with the local utility companies. They'll mark your utility lines for you.
3. For new gardens, first remove the sod and any rocks or stones. For existing gardens, pull up any thick weeds; smaller weeds will be chopped up by the tiller.
Read the rototiller manufacturer’s instructions carefully to become familiar with the controls and how to operate it safely. Make sure to wear the appropriate safety gear and clothing when tilling.
Set the tiller for the appropriate depth. Use a shallow setting to start on hard, compacted soil. For softer ground, start at a medium setting.
Start the tiller, following the manufacturer’s directions.
Engage the tines and slowly make parallel passes across the garden. Let the tiller do the work.
Once you've tilled the entire garden, adjust the tiller to its deepest setting and begin making passes perpendicular to the first pass rows. Walk slowly and let the machine do the work.
Continue tilling until the soil is broken up to a depth of about 8 inches.