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Tillers & cultivators: Seed bed preparation and soil loosening made easy

Indispensable for beds and gardens: Tillers create a perfect, fine-crumbled soil that is ideally suited for planting - the cultivator is a real help for amateur gardeners for digging over and crumbling the soil in flower beds and vegetable beds.

Set the spade and the classical hand-hoe to one side and let the powerful motorised tillers from IKRA take care of the seed bed preparation and ground loosening. Say goodbye to constant stooping or kneeling to cultivate your beds.

Do you have beds of different sizes? It is possible to cultivate different bed widths with the FEM 1500 tiller. Here, the smallest possible width is 17 cm. This is particularly practical with narrow bed sections. If you use all six tine units, so full width, it can cleave an extra-wide 45 centimetre strip through your beds.

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Cultivators and Tillers

A real help for amateur gardens for loosening the soil and weeding

Can you feel the stabbing pain in your shoulder and the pulling on your back just with the mention of the subject of bed preparation and ground loosening? If you routinely use spades and hoes every year to loosen the ground or prepare your beds, do you already have muscle cramps and joint pain at the back of your mind? Say goodbye to back pain, aching shoulders and heavy arms. Stop using a spade to dig up hard and loamy soil in your garden. Stop kneeling to work the soil or pull up weeds with a hoe or double-hoe. Leave your pickaxe and mattock in the garden shed and reach for a real workload-reducing tool at last. A tiller will allow you to turn over the soil in the beds significantly faster than with a spade. Use the time and energy that you save for other important garden work. Especially if you have a particularly large number of beds in your kitchen garden, you will soon come to value the advantages of a motorised tiller in comparison to the manual work.

Motorised tillers were developed in order replace the laborious and arduous loosening of soil, the ground preparation with spades and rakes, with a much more effortless and convenient alternative. When used in the garden the cultivator not only loosens the soil for seed bed preparation, the soil crumbler is also ideally suited to weeding. Firm and hard ground can be almost effortlessly loosened with the tiller leaving a crumbly and finely prepared soil for the seeds. If the soil must be even more crumbly, then run over the surface to be prepared several times, for example, first lengthways and then crossways.

Incidentally, the motorised tiller is not only good for flower beds and vegetable beds, it can also be used for loosening and for digging humus into the soil if you wish to plant a hedge. Here too, you can crumble firm and compacted soil perfectly with this tool so that the roots of the hedge plants are well supplied with oxygen and water during planting.

When preparing the ground with the motorised tiller, any existing weeds are plucked out at the same time and old plant roots are unearthed and pulled out of the ground. The soil is perfectly loosened and crumbled. Crumbling the soil is particularly important for the oxygen and water supply with flower beds and vegetable beds as well as for the structure of the soil. If you would like to grow and harvest your own vegetables in your garden then a tiller is certainly advisable in order to make the work easier.

This useful gardening tool is also well suited to digging mulch, peat or humus into the loosened soil as natural fertiliser. The humus can be taken directly from your own compost heap for example. You can see that the cultivator is ideally suited for every amateur gardener to help with the preparation of the domestic garden and beds. The tool can be used for a variety of tasks in the beds and in doing so looks after your back and shoulders.

Further informations:

IKRA cultivator FEM 1500

How does a motorised tiller work?

The robust and high-quality cutting tines are driven forwards by the motor. The blades simply work their way into the ground to loosen the soil. The rotating cutting tines pull the cultivator along. This makes the guidance of the tool much easier. The tail skid (brake skid) enables the cultivator discs with the cutting tines to dig deeper into the soil. The sharp, bent blades of the tiller cut deep into the hard ground and loosen it perfectly. After the ground has been loosened you can now plant your vegetables and flowers in the perfectly loose and crumbly soil. Your effective partner for ground loosening - the tiller - you can leave it in the tool shed and enjoy the blooming or delicious splendour in your garden it is needed again at the end of the season for digging over the soil again in the autumn.

IKRA tiller IEM 800 S

The tiller calendar

As soon as the ground is no longer frozen, you can loosen the soil with the tiller, remove weeds and roots in a single working pass, work humus into the soil as fertiliser and start planting vegetables and/or flowers in the loosened and crumbly soil

Marvel at the splendour of the flowers and bring the harvest home. The tiller is not required in the summer - enjoy the variety of flowers and the fruits of your labours in the summer.

Preparation for planting in spring - if the ground is not dug over in the autumn, it hardens too much through the winter: Digging over the beds, removing old plants and roots, loosening the ground with the tiller, do not remove the autumn foliage from the beds, decomposing leaves return nutrients to the soil and protect the soil from excessive frost. You can also spread the leaves that you have collected with the leaf vacuum or leaf blower

Winter (from November/Dezember)
Do not dig the earth over too late in the autumn and do not dig it over in the winter as the earth may already be frozen and much too hard. There is no need to use the tiller in winter.

Working with an IKRA electrical tiller

Why loosen the earth at all?

What are the advantages of loosening? What are the consequences of not loosening?

  • Oxygen supply is improved (aeration of the ground)
  • Water permeability increases (water supply)
  • Well loosened ground allows rainwater to seep away faster, no waterlogging
  • Without loosening, the ground loses its structure and hardens
  • If the ground is not loosened it is hard for nutrients to penetrate
  • Ground warms up faster as the heat can penetrate better
  • Roots cannot spread properly in hard ground and are constricted
  • Reduced root propagation results in reduced growth of the plants
  • Nutrients such as mulch and humus can be worked in
  • Growth and spreading of weeds is disrupted

Electrical tiller with three working widths

Put an end to manual work - motorised tillers replace these manual tools when creating new beds:

Say goodbye to muscle cramp and back pain

  • Spade (shovel)
  • Fork (spade fork, garden fork)
  • Hoe (pickaxe, mattock, double hoe)
  • Weed puller / weeding spud
  • Single tine cultivator / hoe

Vegetables lush for your allotment garden

Loosen the ground in your bedding areas and cultivate them with all sorts of delicious vegetables. The ground is perfectly crumbled with the tiller. This results in better oxygen and water supply for the beds. Remove weeds with the motor tiller and work humus into the soil as an important nutrient. With this preparation complete, there are no more obstacles to the growth of your selected vegetables and your plants will bear beautiful, large crops when harvest comes. Create seed beds effortlessly and enjoy the harvest later.

  • Aubergine
  • Leaf spinach
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Chilli
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Peas
  • Lamb's lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumber and gherkin
  • Carrot
  • Garlic
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cabbage lettuce
  • Pumpkin
  • Leek
  • Paprika
  • Leek
  • Rocket
  • Rhubarb
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Celery
  • Tomato
  • Savoy cabbage
  • Courgettes
  • Onion
  • etc.

All of the types of vegetable that you can plant after preparing the ground with the motorised tiller cab be found in the Vegetable dictionary. Here you can find all important types of cabbage, leeks, spinach, inflorescent vegetables, fruit vegetables, stem vegetables, tubers, bulb vegetables and leaf salad or wild lettuce.

Electrical cultivator FEM 1500

Colourful diversity for your garden: Flower beds

To create flower beds or shrub beds in your garden, proceed in the same way as for vegetable beds. Firstly, loosen off the ground in your bed area. Both sandy and loamy soils can be perfectly crumbled with the motorised tiller. The flower bed is better supplied with oxygen and water through the loosening of the soil. Remove weeds with the motor tiller and work humus into the soil as an important nutrient. With this preparation complete, there are no more obstacles to the growth of your colourful variety of flowers and your flowers can start growing as soon as they are planted. You can plant the following flowers, for example, in the flower beds or shrub beds prepared with the tiller:

  • Dahlias
  • Smooth-leaved Aster
  • Hydrangea
  • Hyacinth
  • Crocus
  • Lavender
  • Lily
  • Narcissus
  • Carnation
  • Petunia
  • Peony
  • Rhododendron
  • Larkspur
  • Rose
  • Sunflower
  • Helenium
  • Pansy
  • Tulip
  • etc.

With the great variety of different flowers and blossoms, of course this listing can only be a small excerpt. You can find all of the types of flowers or bedding plants that are worthwhile planting in the garden in the Flower dictionary. You can find a comprehensive overview - including colourful spring flowers and flamboyant summer flowers.

After work: Relaxing next to the tiller