When to Rototill - Knowledgebase Question

Ny Mills, NY
Question by watbuffalo
October 4, 1999
Is it a good idea to rototill your garden after the season before winter? Also is there any type of ferlitzer that should be added when you rototill before winter?


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Answer from NGA
October 4, 1999

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The answer to your questions depends on why you are rototilling. If you are trying to work in a large amount of organic matter or other long lasting soil amendments, then yes this is a good time. It will also save you time and perhaps allow you to plant earlier next spring. On the other hand, if you are simply hoping to prepare a seedbed, you would be better off waiting until spring because the winter heaving and thawing will undo your work. This is a great time to run the basic soil tests and find out which amendments (if any) you need to add in any case. Your County Extension (736-3394) should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results.

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