Tilling rocky soil...
I need to till up an area of lawn for a new garden. But there's quite a few rocks in the soil, of various sizes. It'd be impossible to pick them all out by hand... Will it hurt the tiller (like a Mantis) if it keeps running into rocks? (there aren't any really BIG ones) Or could a tiller handle that just fine? It wouldn't be flinging rocks every which way, would it?? What size rocks are TOO big for a tiller to work through/would need to be removed?
Hi, Well I can't answer this question competely because it all depends on how many rocks you have, the size of the rocks and what kind of tiller you are using. The heavier duty tiller you have the better off you will be. In this case, I'd probably vote for working with a rear-tine tiller such as a Troy Built. These tillers are pretty heavy duty and were developed in New England so they do a good job on most rocks. Of course, it also depends on how fast you are trying to move. If you take it slow you should not have any broken tines. A Mantis is a pretty handy tool, but in very rocky soil I think it would be harder to work with than a rear-tine simply because the rocks will pull you this way and that. If you don't have a rear-tine tiller you can often rent them or hire someone to come till. One other option, if you are tilling a large area, is to have someone come till with a rear tine that's mounted on a lawn tractor. I've had this done a few times in my life and they can go through most anything. In the spring you can often find people offering this service in the classifieds or on craigslist.com.
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