ro·​to·​till | \ ˈrō-tə-ˌtil How to pronounce rototill (audio) \
rototilled; rototilling; rototills

Definition of rototill

transitive verb

: to till or plow (soil) with a rototiller

Examples of rototill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of rototilling, make seed-size holes with a pencil or drag a stick down a bed to make inch-wide furrows for planting in rows. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Did moose snack on your trees over the winter? Here’s what to do now.," 7 May 2020 More destroy soil structure in the name of gardening by rototilling, irrevocably alter natural habitats by planting invasive plants and greatly change local and even regional biomes in the process. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "The autumn leaves drift past your window. Now leave them alone.," 3 Oct. 2019 And buried within every soil are myriad dormant weed seeds just waiting to be awakened by light and air, which is what happens when rototilling or vigorous chopping with a concrete hoe brings buried weed seeds to the surface. Washington Post, "Gardeners, let’s praise the hoe," 16 July 2019 Step 3: Prep and Plant Measure the diameter of the root ball, then rototill a circle that measures five times the diameter across (see opposite). Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How and When To Plant a Tree," 25 Apr. 2019 And, just to be clear, do not rototill or double dig your garden. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Birch buds are finally open. It’s time to harden off your plants.," 10 May 2018 Garden plot sizes are 20 x 20 feet and will be rototilled and marked by the town. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 27 Mar. 2018 Trailing or clumping ground covers, by comparison, have to be planted by hand into carefully prepared and rototilled garden soils. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "The garden of unreasonable expectations. It sounds like a Harry Potter book, but it's real | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 Apr. 2018 Garden plot sizes are 20 x 20 feet and will be rototilled and marked by the town. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of rototill

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Rototill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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