should I cultivate around my plants?
Farm studies have shown that fertilizer & manure spread on a non-tilled field
simply washes away where as on a tilled field, there is a much greater retention rate of
the fertilizer and nutrients. In addition, the nutrients are much more available to the
plants due to the aeration of the soil. This results in healthier, more productive crops.
The same is true of our home vegetable and flower gardens yet how often is our garden soil
compacted & unproductive? By using an effective tool such as a Garden Bandit
a Telesco-Weeder to cultivate the soil between our plants, we make tiny air pockets
in the soil that trap moisture and nutrients for our plants to feast on. Beneficial
bacteria & bugs thrive in this aerated environment and they naturally help improve the
soil quality & make nutrients available to the plants. Regular use of such tools
reduces weed growth & loss of nutrients. Plus it prevents compaction and improves the
quality of clay soils through proper aeration.
Farmers have been doing it for years and now with these tools you can safely do it too,
without damaging the plants you have worked so hard to get growing already! By having a
curved "closed loop" blade, you always know where the blade is working. With the
open edged blades on other hoes & cultivators you can't do this since when the blade
is under the soil you never know where the tip is cutting! You end up cutting the feeder
roots off of your good plants often causing setback and disease.
Now you can get the weeds out while tilling the soil and you can keep from cutting your
desired plants roots off!