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LAWN rolling?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by 99monguse, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. 99monguse

    99monguse LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    My front lawn seems to be rough when I mow. As I am walking behind my Toro Super Recycler, I can feel lump in the soil and the mower bounces around too, unless going very slow. Its like this; imagine putting a gulf ball under your bed sheets and then walk on the bed stepping on the lump. I have heard about people rolling their lawns; is this what I need to do?
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Rolling is difficult to time properly. Too soft in the spring because the lawn tractor will make ruts. So if you can roll it by hand it is better. Maybe aerate and soak it good then roll.
     
  3. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,802

    If your soil is more clay than anything else, rolling is the worst thing to do to it. Topdress it with a mix of sand and compost.
     
  4. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 610

    oh no another lawn rolling thread, these are always fun :hammerhead:
     
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    If it's that bad, and you want to roll then roll and topdress to fill in any spots.

    Rolling is no good for a yard, adds compaction that takes years to recover from. But if you want to roll, rent a small asphalt roller and do it right.

    Just don't use the vibrator when you do it.
     

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