Growing a garden or flowerbed in the summer is fun and enjoyable for the whole family and it is a great way to make your yard look refreshing. One bad thing about having a flowerbed or garden though is the weeds. Weeds are very unattractive and can damage your plants by overtaking the property. If you want to get rid of weeds without much effort then you might want to think about tilling and cultivating.
The first thing you need to do if you want to till or cultivate around your home is to get a tiller specifically designed to get rid of weeds. Mantis is a good brand to check out if you are trying to find a weed tiller and they are relatively cheap. You can get a weed tiller for about 60 dollars at your local home improvement store or you can rent one from an equipment rental store for about half that price. You also want to get a hoe for cultivating and tilling the smaller areas within your yard which can be purchased at a home improvement store for about 20 dollars.
Whether you are using a tiller or a hoe you want to make sure the soil is relatively dry for cultivation. When you can grab up some soil and it breaks apart in your hand you will know your soil is ready for tilling or when it is about 65 degrees. It is best to till and cultivate early in the spring once you know what plants you are going to have in your garden or flowerbed. Tilling and cultivating to get rid of weeds should be done every month during the spring and summer to prevent weed infestations. Also, you want to make sure that you are tilling in some fertilizer to give the soil extra nutrients so your plants will grow faster. You want to till and cultivate only about six inches deep to prevent damage to your plants or flowers.
Start off by tilling and cultivating slowly making sure you are going in one direction the whole time. You might need to stop the tiller to get clumps of weeds and dirt out of the way before you keep tilling so that it does not ruin the tiller. Once you have tilled the weeds up in one direction you should go back over the area in the opposite direction. So say you start out going horizontally with the tiller you should then go vertically over the same area. You can then use a rake over the area to smooth out the clumps of dirt and help get out the rocks.
If you are using a hoe for tilling and cultivating you should use only a hoe that has sharp ends on it to ensure you are getting into the soil. When you use a hoe for tilling you want to make sure you are only going in about two inches so that you do not damage surrounding plants and roots. Using a hoe can be a good idea if you are trying to till and cultivate smaller areas because it is small and you can control the angle and depth better. If your hoe becomes dull you should sharpen it with a steel file which you can get at a home improvement store for about 10 dollars.
The next day after you have tilled with the tiller or hoe, you need to go back through and pull the left over weeds out. There should not be that many weeds left to get but make sure you do get them or else all your hard work will be for nothing. You want to till at least once or twice a year and use fertilizer to help keep the soil healthy and make your job easier in the spring when you plant. You should not till bindweed and crack grass because tilling and cultivating these weeds will only make them multiply and infest your yard. Tilling and cultivating should only be done on annual and non-root generated types of weeds so make sure you know what weeds you have before hand.