Early civilizations recognized that loose soil results in a bountiful garden.
Modern-day gardeners and landscapers are ditching their shovels and spades in favor of a more mechanical method.
will significantly reduce the physical toll of weeding or digging a garden.
You should choose based on what you're looking to accomplish. Tillers dig new gardens, but cultivators mix and blend the soil - usually with added amendments like compost.
Sometimes referred to as "mini-tillers," cultivators
are light-weight, portable lawn tools. These are the perfect tool for weeding gardens and cleaning between established beds.
Cultivators are either electric
. They are propelled by the cutting tines, which rip through dirt and soil. If you've got a small garden, then a cultivator will do the trick.
Instead of investing in old-fashioned oxen-power, garden tillers
have powerful engines designed to break new ground.
Garden tillers come in three different styles: front-tine
Front-tine tillers are typically cheaper and designed for weeding or stirring established beds.
If you want to break new ground, you'll need a rear-tine tiller - preferably with counter-rotating
or dual-rotating tines
to really break up hard soil or clay.