Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Tips for Rototilling House backyard Hard Soil

Written by Posted On Monday, 07 October 2019 05:54

Hard soil is caused by several reasons i.e. walking on the soil after it gets tilled and before it gets dried out, presence of more clay particles in the soil, poor drainage system, and so many more. You must be very conscious and alert to be able to rototill the hard soil effectively.

Here are a few tips mentioned to help you in rototilling hard soil.


  • Cleaning

First of all, you need to make your hard soil clean by removing every obstacle which might come in the way of a rototiller. It would help save both your time and efforts during the process of rototilling. Moreover, there won’t be any risk of rototiller’s tines being broken or damaged after getting hit up by rocks or other hard objects. It is also suggested to get rid of old roots, dead plants, and twigs to further reduce the wear and tear of the machine.


  • Moisture

Hard soil is usually too dry to carry out the rototilling process effectively. It won’t only make the job difficult but also cause to harm the soil. Moreover, the chances of erosion by water or wind would also increase. On the other hand, if the soil is too wet, it will cause to create more lumps and increase condensation. In both cases, the soil will get devastated instead of getting improved. So, it is better to test the moisture of soil by digging deep down up to 6 inches. You can simply make a ball from the soil and poke the finger in its center to see how easily it falls apart. If it doesn’t break apart easily, it means the soil is too wet. But, if you can’t even form a ball, it shows the soil is too dry.


  • Settings

You must buy the best rototiller for rocky soil after analyzing and comparing different available options. Moreover, you should pay heed to the settings of the machine to prevent the tines from getting damaged. You should only use the machine twice on the soil after adjusting the settings according to your personal needs and preferences. It is also advised to drive the rototiller over the soil at a slow speed and shorter intervals. You can increase the speed slightly in the second round to make sure that the tines get through the hard soil.


  • Organic Material

You can also use organic material to improve the quality and workability of soil. It is better if you apply such materials over the year repeatedly to get better results. It will help reduce the stiffness of hard soil by loosening its particles. You can spread the layers of organic material in the fall season and leave it to get decomposed during the winter months. However, if you feel like it’s not your cup of tea, you can take help from an expert.

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