Best Garden Tillers

Best Garden Tillers

There is nothing greater or as satisfying as tilling our own backgarden or backyards with a propelled motorised rotovator. Obviously, we would need a substantial sized garden to warrant the use of one of these devices. Nevertheless, the time and effort and labor that we would save with one of these mechanically driven tillers, will make the purchase of these well worthwhile. Pro or semi-pro gardeners will have one of these tillers for all of the hard work and preparation that’s required in the springtime. We could do more in one hour’s work with one of these machines that would normally take a couple of days to do manually. This method will really make the soil arable, pliable and instantly ready for the planting of our seeds and vegetables.

It can do numerous exercises in one pass across the garden, so much so, if we were doing these jobs manually it would take days to otherwise do. There are several sizes, makes and widths to choose from and as we have said above the size of our backyard will dictate what type and size we would need. The best garden tillers would be gas or petrol driven, however the electric model would do just as good a job, yet it would only be recommended for a small sized holding or plot. There are cable extension issues to consider with the electrical types and that may be a stumbling block, depending on how near or how far our power point is in relation to our backgarden.


Garden roto tiller


The job of a rototiller;


The main function of this machine is to break up the hard clumps and sods of soil and render it aerated, crumbly, loose and managable in preparation for our vegetable and seed planting. In essence, this task is carried out by pushing the tiller up and down firstly and secondly across all that work again, so that all the area has gotten a good soil workout. It’s pretty much like we were cutting a lawn, in that we ensure all the area is covered by this tilling exercise. Prior to this task, it would be a worthwhile exercise to walk over the ground that we were going to till and ensure that there are no large rocks, stones or twigs, that may otherwise damage our rototiller.

When is the best time to till the soil;


Springtime is the optimum time for this exercise, but we can also do this in the fall, immediately after the harvest. garden roto tiller 1The reason for doing this in the fall is, we can replenish the soil with compost or fertiliser and then rotovate the soil in preparation for the following year. Leaving the garden to absorb the newly enriched additives over the winter months will create the perfect conditions for next years growing. The job of tilling however, regardless of what time of the year we wish to do this exercise is contingent on some conditions, mainly that the soil is dry and warm in order to do a satisfactory job. Sometimes, a garden may be tilled twice in the springtime to give optimum excellent planting conditions, but this job of work does’nt take that long with the assistance of our rotatillers. These tillers will till and rotovate to a depth of up to 10″, which is perfect for our gardning needs. On average we would need the ground to be dug, approx. up to depth of 6″ normally.


Types of tillers;


As we have already mentioned there are two working types of these devices, mainly gas or petrol and secondly electrically propelled. The gas tiller is considerably more powerful than the electrical edition and is much more favoured by gardeners for this reason. Again, its all down to taste and personal preference in deciding what type we want. The same comparisons could be made when discussing lawnmowers, ie, the gas or petrol engine lawnmower will be much more powerful offers much more choice in terms of workload and manouverability. There are different widths of machines and secondly there are also either the front or back tine options or the singular tine choice. The tine option is basically having the cutting/digging blades in the front or the back of our tillers, in the wheeled version.

Before we decide;


There are a lot of issues to decide before we buy our rototillers. The most obvious of these decisions that needs consideration is how big a garden do we have for the use of a machine like this. In other words do we have a demand for these machines. The soil type is another concern worth looking at, ie, is it clay type soil that is hard to manage and maintain, if so, a rototiller would make short work of this issue. The budget will be a factor in purchasing an accessory like these and if so we can expect to pay anything from $150 upwards. The bigger the engine and wider the tine, will obviously cost more. The electrical version although less powerful would start at $100 and is also available online.


To summarize;


If we could afford one of these machines, they would repay our investment tenfold.  Let’s look at our options without one of these. The amount of work and toil that is required to prepare a garden in the springtime is substantial. The amount of digging and spade work does’nt bear thinking about, plus the task of forking in some compost or farmyard manure to enrich the soil, year after year.  One hours woking with the rototiller would take care of this task, that may otherwise take days. Not only that, but the quality and excellent state of the soil after being put through this cultivation workout, would be superior to what we would ever hope to have it. I trust that this information is useful and informative once again and if so, please feel free to join in the conversation through the comments section down under. We will duly reply to any queries or questions as soon as we possibly can.

6 thoughts on “Best Garden Tillers

  1. I live in rural Missouri where there is more clay than dirt and a garden tiller sounds like the way to go. I have an average sized garden which I spend hours and hours trying to maintain. Your article makes an excellent point on how much time I could save by investing in a tiller. I would certainly be happier and less tired! Thanks for the article and I will certainly look into an investment of a garden tiller.

    1. Hi there,

      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post. I am glad that you have found this article informative and useful. Yes I would have to agree with you that using tillers for our gardening issues would make light work of our garden maintenance and the preparation in the springtime.

      They are a very useful accessory and are very easy to operate, once e get used to the workings of them

      Many thanks again for dropping by, happy gardening

      Cheers   Phil Browne.

  2. Hello Phil,
    I love working on the land, I am a blueberry grower in Argentina. I’ve worked a lot with the tillers as the biggest you show. They are machines that help us to remove the soil. I love the beds in your photos, tell me how you do the watering. I could ask you more questions, may I?

    1. Hi there

      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post, its greatly appreciated. I hope that the information that you have found here in this website is helpful and useful. I agree with you that tillers are a great way to maintain and manage our gardens, they really reduce the workload and make light work of the labour.

      As far as watering our gardens, I have written a few posts on watering our gardens, with the aid of garden irrigators, which you can read here. Feel free to contact us at any time with any questions or queries that you may have.

      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post again, happy gardening.

      Cheers Phil Browne

  3. I enjoyed this article, although, from my own research and experience, I somewhat disagree with it. I realize tilling in fertilizer or compost can be very beneficial to the soil, as well as doing this year after year to give the soil nutrients. But after so long, tilling the same spot on the ground, the soil begins to erode. If you look at farm fields, you will notice that the soil looks very dry and clumpy, and on really windy days there will be dust storms. This is due to repeated tilling.
    In my own experience, although much more work, is to avoid tilling, and let the plants die in the ground. Pull weeds of course, but the roots of plants (and weeds) help keep the soil together, and there is a symbiotic relationship between the plants and the soil. Along with rotating crops, no-tilling has been very effective for thousands of years. Many ancient civilizations tried to avoid the eroding of soil at all costs. Of course, this requires much more work and upkeep, such as weeding more often and placing straw or mulch down to retain nutrients.
    Tilling gardens is not ineffective, and of course, many people have successful gardens while doing so. I have learned from my own garden and the fields around me that for the long term, tilling does more harm than good.
    you wrote a very insightful article though, thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi there,

      Many thanks for dropping by and reading this post, its greatly appreciated. I trust that the information was useful and informative. I agree with you 100% on the ‘overtilling’ issue that can in some cases, may result in over dusty and sandy soil.

      Tilling is required, especially if the soil is hard to manage and contain a lot of clay, that would make it hard to work with. If people who may find garden digging a rather difficult exercise, they would be glad of the assistance of a tiller.

      I have done a post on ” No Dig Raised Beds” and have covered all or most of your points in this article which I posted approx 1 month ago. This article can be read here.

      Thanks again for the great feedback comments and happy gardening,

      Cheers Phil Browne

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