Old 05-15-2005, 07:41 PM
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Roll it or not

Hi everybody,
I am new to the web site and would like to introduce myself as "The YardMaid".I have a customer that has a newly sodded yard that has a lot of lumps and uneven places in it. Looks like the ones who sodded it just threw it down. He has asked me to roll it for him. I have never done this and would like a little feedback on the best way to do it,wet or dry,what size roller should I use aeration afterwards that sort of thing.
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Old 05-15-2005, 07:56 PM
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Wait until the ground is damp not soaked and muddy but if conditions are dry you wont be doing anything but stripping the grass. They only make a few sizes for push type rollers, just remember the bigger they are the harder they are to push! I have a 24" wide one and when its 1/2 to 3/4 filled its freakin heavy!
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Old 05-15-2005, 08:52 PM
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you should wait to do it till it is moist, not wet. If you have a lawntractor you can rent a pull behind roller that you fill with water. Normally rolling is bad for a lawn cause it just compacts the soil and you dont get a good root system. Just a compact one. They should have rooled the sod after they put it down. Roll it then i would do areation after it has established itself.
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Old 05-15-2005, 10:03 PM
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sod rollers

Got a question do they have a one that pulls it self I am fixin to install a bunch of sod on the side of a hill no way could you use a hand one and not enough area for a riding mower
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Old 05-15-2005, 10:13 PM
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Yes, there are self propelled ones, but I don't know of any brand names in particular. I can tell you this....if you are installing it yourself, rolling is not always necessary. As long as the preparation is right, you should have a smooth and loose base for establishment. If you are installing on the side of a hill, depending on the slope, you will probably wnt to stake the sod to keep it from washing out in the event of a hard rainfall. The way this is done is not every piece, but every few rows down, you will want to penetrate the sod and into the ground. You can make some narrow wedge stakes yourself. When laying this sod, lat your pieces CROSS ways on the hill and not up and down the vertical way of the hil. I hope this helps...Oh yeah,...green side up.

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Old 05-15-2005, 10:53 PM
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First rule of thumb, always pull the roller. Its much easier to pull than push (Wagon, front wheel drive, etc). Also, I agree w/ Joe (Runner) re: pinning sod on a hill. We use sod pins & put 6 pins per roll. The roll gets attached to 2 above, 2 below, 1 left & 1 right.
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