Lawn rolling fits into a spring lawn maintenance schedule when trying to remove minor bumps or frost heaves in your lawn. Having an even surface is nicer to walk on and ensures a safer and easier mowing job.
You'll need to add soil to any hollows and level it off, or dig and level any of the bigger bumps in the lawn.
Spring is the better time to do a rolling application because the turf usually has more moisture from the frost coming out of the ground and from the spring rains.
The trick is to work on ground with just the right amount of moisture. If the ground is too wet, you'll likely have a soil compaction problem from this application.
On the other hand, working on a lawn that's too dry
will almost always be a waste of time with the lawn roller, as the ground will
not be flattened or repositioned as needed. It will simply become more firm. That's not what you need to grow healthy turf grass.
Rolling on a newly seeded lawn will deprive the seeds and
seedlings from much needed water and oxygen to grow properly.
When Lawn Sodding
It should also be part of your preparation before laying new sod. It allows for a nice even starting surface, just like the seeding preparation, which prevents dips in the lawn later on.
Rolling the newly laid sod will ensure that it's made a good contact between the soil and the new turf, which is key for new root development.
When Lawn Seeding
It should be part of your preparation work before seeding a new lawn, as it gives you the opportunity to start on a nice level surface before the seed goes down.
Jim always rolls over the grass seed once it's been put down, which helps settle the seed and place it in the soil without burying it too deep.
When Doing Lawn Repair
Animals will often tunnel or dig up a lawn when searching for pests, like white grubs, as a food source. They can make an awful mess of a perfectly good lawn in no time, leaving you with a lawn repair job to get things back in order.
The damage will need to be repaired by placing the rolled back turf into place, or by top dressing and reseeding, and finally, in both cases, gone over with the lawn roller.
Start with the right roller. Commercial rollers are made for paving or crushing aggregates or for cricket fields. You can image what kind of damage they could do to your residential lawn. Don't use them on your home lawn.
If you've opted for the hitch-up roller, hitch it securely to your riding mower or four wheeler.
If you have the walk behind model, once you've gloved-up, you're ready to go.
If the lawn rolling is part of reseeding the lawn or a lawn repair, proceed after the seed bed has been prepared and the grass seed has been properly spread. Similarly, if you are sodding the lawn, roll the ground first in preparation for the sod rolls and again after to encourage root to soil contact.
At an even, slow pace, simply push or pull the roller over the lawn surface.
Follow a rolling on an established lawn with a lawn aeration after wards. This will allow much needed water and air to penetrate the surface to the roots.
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