If you are a homeowner, you may want to utilize the outdoor space by creating a lawn or planting different types of plants and flowers. Whatever it is that you want to do, you first have to prepare the soil. This could be by tilling the space, or removing the already existing grass.
When it comes to the removal of grass, can you use a tiller? Well, although a tiller is meant for tilling or digging, you can use it to remove the grass as well.
In this article, we will discuss how to use a tiller to remove the grass, why you need to remove the grass, and other related questions. Keep reading for deeper insight.
Why Would You Want To Remove the Grass?
You may want the grass out for several reasons. For instance, if your lawn is not in good condition due to constant growth of weeds, and your efforts to revive it are not bearing any fruit, you may want to remove it and start again from scratch.
However, the lawn may be doing well, but you decide to reserve a part of your garden for plants and flowers; in this case, you will want to remove the grass so that there is no competition for nutrients.
Additionally, if you want to make a vegetable garden in your backyard, if it has grass, then you will have no option but remove it first.
Some people may want a change in the grass type on their lawn, thus, the need to remove the existing one to pave way for the new desired type.
For a gardener that has left the garden neglected for a long time without tending to it, removing the overgrown grass is the easiest option.
Whatever your reason for wanting to remove grass from your lawn or garden is, you will need efficient means/tools of work.
So, Can You Use A Tiller To Remove The Grass?
Grass removal from a garden, lawn, or yard is quite a hectic task, especially if you are using hand tools, which by the way may not even yield good results.
As mentioned already, you can use a tiller to accomplish this task efficiently. All you will need is a powered tiller; not only will it remove the grass, but it will also loosen the soil, so that you can navigate through easily when planting your new grass, flowers, fruits, vegetables or whatever it is you may have had in mind.
A Step-By-Step Guide of Using a Tiller to Remove Grass
If you already have a tiller, here is a guide of how to use it to remove grass.
- Area Preparation
Once you identify the area that you want to remove grass, you will not rush to power up your tiller. First, clean up the area by clearing off any obstacles such as big rocks and stones, debris, and anything that could damage the tiller’s blades.
At this stage, you can also cut elongated grass using a hand tool such as a panga or mower. If you leave long grass, it can destroy the tines of the tiller. After cutting it, remove it using a rake. You want to ensure that the ground is clear and ready for the operation so that you can have a smooth exercise.
- Softening the Soil
If it hasn’t rained for some time, the land may be too dry, and removing the grass from the roots may be a tussle.
The best thing to do is sprinkle a little water over the ground to soften the soil a little to make it easier for the tiller to maneuver through.
On the other hand, if the place is too wet or muddy, you may want to wait until it dries a little because again walking around and tilling a muddy place may not be easy.
You can check the state of the by dipping your fingers in it. it should be moist but not soggy.
- Preparing the Tiller
There are different types of tillers as shall be discussed later in this article. Not all tillers will work fine in your specific situation, thus, you will need to choose a suitable one.
The criteria for choosing a tiller are the soil type as well as the size of garden or land that you want to clear off grass.
When positioning the tiller, put it in a not so shallow position that will not get the job done well and not so deep, that you will collide with tree roots and underground rocks.
Once you have the tiller in position, you will adjust the blades while keeping a firm grip on the tiller’s handles.
At this point, you will have to also put on protective gear just as you would when working with power tools. Some items to put on include safety glasses, gloves, full-length trousers and closed shoes or gumboots.
Before you start any operation, you must know how to operate your tiller. Follow the manual if need be. For further caution, do not leave the tiller unattended; if you have to take a break, switch it off.
- Start Tilling the Grass
We have come so far, it is time to begin the actual work-grass removal.
You have already set the tiller, now press the clutch lever and let the tiller’s blades sink into the ground. Let it sink to the level that the grass is being uprooted entirely.
Once satisfied that you have the right depth, you can now start pushing forward slowly as the soil under the blade is stirred up.
For consistency, move forward in a straight line so that you do not miss any spot. Once you complete a row, you can let the blades out of the soil and put them back in the same manner as you start another row.
You will try to keep a specific pattern so that you can till the whole place without missing any point.
Once done, you can go over the area using a rake just to ensure each area was touched, and that the grass has been removed properly.
Which Are the Different Types of Tillers to Choose From?
We mentioned before that not all tillers would be ideal in all cases. Discussed below are the different types of tillers to choose depending on the soil type and size of garden or land.
- Front-tine tillers– this one has its blades/tines at the front. You can use it to remove grass between rows of plants.
- Rear-tine tiller-this one has the blades at the back and the engine in the front. It is bigger, heavier, and more powerful, thus, it can crack even the hardest of ground surface to get rid of the grass and weeds.
- The cultivator– this is a lightweight tiller meant to remove grass in the garden or on the flowerbeds. It will not be efficient for bigger areas.
Should you use a tiller before planting grass?
If you are planning to start up a fresh lawn, it is a good idea to use a tiller. This will give you a level surface as well as removing any weeds in the garden to pave way for healthy grass and a healthy lawn.
Can you use a tiller while it is raining?
It is not recommendable to use a tiller in the rain because the water may damage it. Additionally, it will be hard to navigate through overly wet grounds. Wait until it stops raining and give the soil enough time to dry. However, it should be moist when tilling.