Using a tiller requires certain precautions and knowledge to avoid injury or an accident. Below we want to detail the most important elements of this machine that will allow us to plow our orchard or garden effortlessly.
Before using a tiller
It is important protect yourself Put on proper work gear before using. Wear headphones to protect your ears from the noise of the tool. Also wear long pants and boots (or non-slip safety shoes) to limit injuries. Put on gloves to avoid cutting yourself. Also put on safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying dirt and stones.
must also closely monitor the condition of your cultivator . For example, check the oil level. Make sure all parts are tight and snug. Monitor the condition of the belt located under the bridge. Carefully examine the condition of the power cord if you have an electric tiller. If you are using one with a gasoline engine, remember to pour fuel into the tank before starting the engine.
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Also sweep the ground before working to get rid of obstacles, metal objects or large stones. These elements can damage the tiller and even injure us if they fly away.
When using the garden tool
Adjust the handlebars and remember that the device will sink into the ground. Adopt a very upright posture avoid back pain while working in the garden with his tiller. Walk at normal speed and respect the necessary distance between the handles and the machine.
When working on sloping ground, stand at an angle so the cultivator doesn’t run over you and injure you later.
Drive around the area where you plan to use your cultivator. Remove weeds with a trowel or hand shovel and dispose of them with yard waste. The cultivators will only cut the weeds and rhizomes (underground roots resembling runners) and create a multitude of weeds that you will have to fight in the future.
Start in the front corner of the garden. Start the tiller and move forward slowly as the blades dig into the ground in a chopping motion. Avoid neighboring plants with wide spacing (2 feet or more) to prevent damage to spreading roots. Also, stay 1-2 feet from the edge of the garden bed to avoid spilling dirt on grassy areas.
Do not work when the soil is too wet. Cultivating soil that is too wet leads to soil compaction. If a ball of dirt sticks together when it falls, it’s too wet. Use plenty of mulch and organic matter to improve soil loosening. Mulch also reduces weeds, further reducing the need for cultivation. For best effect, cultivate the area once before adding it.
When you have finished your work, store the tiller in a place away from children and pets to prevent them from hurting themselves.
Allow the engine to cool and clean the tool thoroughly to keep it in good condition. To remove all debris, use a hose. Store it only when it is completely dry.
Store it out of the sun, in a well ventilated and very dry place to limit the risk of corrosion.