What is a rotavator and do you need one for your garden?

man wearing jeans and safety boots operates petrol driven garden rotavator being used to churn up soil in a garden
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Rotavators are a type of tool used in gardening and agriculture to break up soil. They can be handy tools for certain jobs, but this can depend on scale. There are different-sized rotavators on the market from huge agricultural models that attach to tractors, to smaller hand-held ones that are around the same size as a lawnmower.

"A rotavator is a motorised gardening tool equipped with rotating blades or tines designed to break up and aerate soil, making it easier to plant crops or flowers. They're commonly used for the purpose of soil preparation in gardening, landscaping and farming activities," explains construction expert at Springfield Steel Buildings John Davis.

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Victoria Cummins

A gardening expert who specialises in permaculture. Her work focuses on building soil quality, cultivating fruit trees, and wild harvesting. Collaborating with homeowners, landowners, farmers, gardeners, and communities, she dedicates her expertise to healing landscapes and enhancing food production to create resilient, sustainable environments.

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Fiona Jenkins

A landscaper and gardening expert with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Currently she works for MyJobQuote as their resident expert on all things gardening. She is highly knowledgeable and her expertise have featured in many reputable publications.

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John Davis

John Davis possesses extensive experience in construction and land development. With a focus on sustainable building practices, he understands the importance of landscaping choices in relation to property value and environmental impact.

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.