I’ve always heard that heavy-duty tillers can cut through roots, but I’m not so sure. Maybe you should ask the person who is in charge of planting trees for a living. After all, they would know best!
What do you think? Can a tiller cut through roots? Let me know what your thoughts are on this topic in the comments below!
Introduce the Problem.
A tiller might be able to cut through roots, but it also depends on what type of tiller you are using. You see, most tillers only move the dirt around and effectively chop up the visible plant material (roots). However, more advanced models can actually dig deep into the earth and break apart rocks below the surface. If there are any large roots under this area that happen to get chopped off during this process then they would be left behind intact since they were so strong.
I always find it interesting when people come up with ideas without understanding how something actually works or operates. The fact is, tiller blades are very sharp so if you have a rock buried just under the surface, there is a very good chance that the tiller would cut right through it. I have done this on more than one occasion with my small yard which had a rock buried about 8 inches into the ground. When I tried to till the area where this rock was located, it just spun in place and wouldn’t dig deep enough for me to even plant anything.
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What are roots and how do they affect gardening?
It is unlikely that the tiller will cut through roots unless it hits them directly, if you try to turn while standing in an area where there are thick roots present, chances are you will stumble or fall due to the resistance caused by the roots. Try digging up areas with grass and see how easy it is for you to get your shovel under the grass layer without cutting through roots. Cutting through roots isn’t entirely impossible but if the grass is big enough, I would say that it isn’t likely. Also, remember that just because small tree stumps can be pulled out of the ground after they have died does not mean that your tiller can too!
Why is this a problem for some people?
Some people find that their tiller is getting stuck in the ground and they keep having to lift it up with no results. There are many reasons why this could happen but if you’re using a rotary type tiller, then chances are that roots have got caught between the tines of your tiller. The best way I know how to solve this problem is by dragging around some heavy-duty fishing line behind your tiller as it moves forward. You don’t need to cut through any roots; just make sure that there aren’t any potential root clumps waiting for you once the tines start turning!
If you’ve also read my article on adding power steering (PS) to your Honda Civic, then you might understand now why I’m such a huge advocate of adding PS to your rotary type tillers: they’re just like riding a for the wheel.
- Soil compaction and soil structure are already known in gardening, but that is territory I am not willing to go into right now. Although compaction can be increased by heavy-duty equipment (heavy equipment in general), that is not my concern here.
- I suspect the potential root clumps are most likely to happen when one has fresh soil in their garden, but I’m not sure. Freshly turned soil changes the structure of the soil within a few days or weeks after it is tilled, depending on its composition and other factors.
- I’m not talking about after it rains/snows, so the soil is wetter than usual and sticks together rather than breaks apart. I’m also not speaking of hardpan (clay-like) soils that can be a challenge for rototillers to breakthrough in the first place, but I know it can be done.
- I’m not sure if this would apply to topsoil, but I am thinking that topsoil is used for looks and maybe more desirable in some cases than having a layer of pure dirt which works just fine too.
- The consideration here is whether a rototiller can cut through tree roots. I have seen many people use rototillers, but not having it go down to the root level.
How can you get rid of roots in your garden/yard /flower beds/etc.?
I know a lot of people who have asked me this question. I know you can cut through roots with a rototiller, it is a matter if the owner wants to go down that deep in their yard or garden. I don’t think cutting through tree roots would be a good idea because it could cause damage to the trees. I personally use a shovel and dig down where I want to get rid of the roots.
I’m not sure if rototillers will cut through tree roots or not, but I know you can use them to till up ground that’s already been dug up; if you’ve filled in any beds with sod, rototilling will break it apart and prepare the soil for planting.
Look into getting a gasoline-powered weed eater like a weed whacker (that is what they’re called here). You should be able to get attachments for it that make it act like a lawnmower, rake, etc. If you live in an apartment building where this isn’t possible, I’d recommend throwing out your green grass and growing other plants like kale (something I’m currently doing as well).
The solution to getting rid of Roots – use a tiller!
Rototilling does a great job of cutting through roots and then making the soil ready for planting. If you have any sod, it will break that apart as well.
It is important to note that you don’t want to till if the soil is too wet. If it’s really moist, wait until it dries out more or does some double digging instead of rototilling.
Of course, you could always just ask your landlord why there are so many roots in your yard. They probably did something wrong and not told you about it (for example sometimes people use too much fertilizer). You can also look into hiring someone to come haul away all of the excess roots for you! Good luck with your project!
Yes, a tiller can cut through roots; however, patience may be required when attempting this method. Roots should be no more than half an inch in diameter and at least six inches in length. If the roots have a larger circumference, it is not recommended to use the tiller on them. Use caution when using this method so you do not damage any nearby sprinkler or utility lines.
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Hope it all turned out the way you wanted it to!
Can a tiller cut through roots? A tiller may be able to cut through some smaller, thinner roots. However, roots shouldn’t ever go deeper than six inches into the soil or else they are already at their maximum water-holding capacity and are capable of growing larger – which means more work for your tiller! Also, depending on how big around the root is, a tiller may not be strong enough to get through it. The best way to remove excess roots is manually using a shovel or pickax. You could also hire someone to haul them away for you.
It may be a bit pricey but if you want it done right the first time, look into hiring a professional to do the job correctly. They will know how much they can take out and where. Good luck!
As you can see, using a tiller on or near roots can be a very risky business. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it could make mincemeat out of the roots. Since root pruning is done for good reasons (to enhance nutrient cycling, reduce compaction and remove unwanted plants/roots), it might be best to hire someone to do the job for you. If you are still unsure, try finding a gardener on Craigslist.