Tilling your soil for weed control serves two benefits. One is that it gets rid of weeds at the root and completely pulls them up. The second way tilling helps is that you now have prepared soil for whatever you need to put in its place.
Cultivating the soil means prepping it for planting and there is no better way to do that in your home yard or garden than to till a portion of the dirt. Cultivating is used synonymously with tilling as a term for turning over soil. Using this method of weed control also has the benefit of using zero harsh chemicals and zero herbicides that can seep into groundwater and hence drinking water.
Knowing how and when to till your soil is vital to the process of killing weeds. Dry soil, even though it may be tougher to get through, is the best to till. Dry soil breaks into smaller chunks and bits for better aeration. Springtime thaw with warm soil is the best time to till but if you have weeds growing already then feel free to turn the soil over if you don’t mind a dirt patch for the rest of the season.
Turning over weeds that are already there is effective in pull them up and killing the plants that are already established. If you don’t want a bare patch all summer then you should wait until fall to till the offending plants away.
Effective tillers are the key to getting the patch of soil ready for another plant. For simple home use all you need is a small handheld tiller such as the Black and Decker GC818. The 18-volt battery gets 325 square feet of usage per charge and is great for tilling weeds in small spots.
Depending upon where your weed was located will determine when you need to grow what is supposed to be there. If it is grass you want to put in that spot then you need to over seed that area so as to prevent any weeds from coming back. While you may have pulled up the weed as much as possible after tilling, there will be some remnants and seeds that may still try to come back. This is where careful planting becomes vital to drowning out the rest of any weeds that may want to grow back.
If you have a garden and you just tilled the soil consider planting something that will grow quickly that fits right in. Depending upon the season and climate zone you can surely find something that will work with your garden instead of against it. Consulting with your local nursery and local gardeners may help your needs for that spot previously inhabited by weeds.