Don't Use a Rototiller – Here's Why

4 years ago
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Many beginner gardeners choose to use rototillers in their garden, yard and lawn, in hopes of making maintenance easier and clean. However, it's easier said than done. While some people see rototillers as integral garden tools, there are actually numerous disadvantages to using them. Yes, that's right: a rototiller may seem like a handy tools but it can actually do more harm than good.

Read more about dangers of using a rototiller.

It's true that a rototiller may save you a lot of time (or appear to save time). However, it comes with numerous disadvantages and it will actually waste you time in the long run. In fact, not using a rototiller can save you a lot of money, time and energy.

In short: a rototiller can cause lots of problems in your garden and you need to be avare of those dangers.

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Reasons Not to Use a Rototiller

Here are some of the main disadvantages of using a rototiller in your garden:

  • Soil compaction. Using a rototiller can make your soil compacted and totally ruin your soil's structure. Keep in mid that healthy soil is all about it structure. Healthy soil is also full of beneficial organic materials and microorganisms. Compacted soil lacks any of it.
  • More weeds. Using a rototiller actually promotes weed grow. Tillers flip the soil, and with it, they also flip hundreds and thousands of weed seeds, making them penetrate the soil and grow in large numbers.
  • Various maintenance problems. Using a rototiller leads to numerous maintenance problems in your garden because tillers disturb the soil and ruin it in numerous ways.
  • Money waste. Finally, rototillers waste your money. They are expensive, not to mention that you will need additional money to remedy all the problems caused by them.

In short: stay away from rototillers. Your garden will benefit without them. 

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