How-To: Rototill next to a sidewalk

If you ever find yourself rototilling ground next to a sidewalk, here’s how to get the ground right next to the sidewalk without hitting it with the rototiller tines:

Ground next to a sidewalk that a rototiller can't safely cultivate

First, rototill a row about 4 -6 inches from the sidewalk, then shovel the dirt away from the sidewalk and onto the rototilled row.

After that, rototill over the dirt you just dug away from the sidewalk.  The dirt will naturally fill in next to the sidewalk.  If not, you can rake some dirt closer to the sidewalk.

Second pass
Second pass
Dirt filled in

Last of all, you’ll want to sweep the sidewalk.

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