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Leveling a bumpy lawn

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by SBL99, May 27, 2009.

  1. SBL99

    SBL99 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    Anyone here ever tried to roll a bumpy lawn with an asphalt roller. I have a client that wants their bermuda lawn that was installed last summer to be rolled. The sod came in the big rolls (36 inch I think) and was not very good... cut uneven, lots of missing places that had to be pieced in. I was thinking about wetting it good with the irrigation then trying to roll out the bumps with a 1 ton roller. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Lawncop26

    Lawncop26 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    I dont think that would be a good idea, sounds as if the final grade was not done right before the sod install. I think the only thing to do now is either rip it up and fix it, or top dress it and over time it should level. If you do what the homeowner wants, then make sure to aerate it when done.
     
  3. hencutter

    hencutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    I suppose that it is going to depend on your type of base soil .If I remember right, Commerce has a lot of red clay! On the gulf coast,we have the dark clay that we call "gumbo clay'. I have done a few jobs with a sod roller.The type that you fill with water and pull behind a lawn tractor or 4 wheeler.It has worked well for us. This would be a quicker,cheaper fix,and I think you would be less likely to tear anything up,rut anything, etc. than with an asphalt roller. Sounds like you may do more harm than good.
     
  4. B.O.S.man

    B.O.S.man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    I did that last year on two yards. Soak it, go slow and roll it in two directions. And they don't go up steep hills or across a hill very well.
     
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    Also, if you use a 1 ton roller, don't use the vibrator. Leave it off, I've heard horror stories of people using the vibrator on a lawn and breaking water pipes.
     
  6. IRRITECH

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 931

    With the red clay we have here I think the issue would be compaction. Aerate it, and topdressand hit it with 46-0-0. If you pack that clay anymore and we get hit with no rain this summer, you will lose it.
     
  7. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Posts: 1,074

    And then you aerated the heck out of it, right. If not, how did you deal with the massive compaction you would create using an asphalt roller?
    You probably have pretty good organic soil in Ohio so I don't know how it would work in Georgia clay.
    On the new properties around here, the developers usually scrape off the top foot of soil and sell it, then put clay down with maybe 3" of the good topsoil on top just to give the rye, fescue, bluegrass mix enough soil to grow in. Really hard to get a good grading on that.
     
  8. W.L.M.

    W.L.M. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 525

    I agree the root depth of the lawn is probaly poor to begin with if it is all clay, it might take alot longer than rolling it but aerate top dress and overseed and it will level out and thicken it up in the process.
     
  9. IRRITECH

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 931

    Can't overseed Bermuda. Almost everything, and all the sod jobs are 419. If you overseed with common you're screwed.
     
  10. godflesh

    godflesh LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    rip up the top 2 inches of sod bed with a tiller and pulverize it. drag it flat with a drag or box blade. try to aerate deeper than you tilled after the dragging and leveling is done then roll it flat. and hope for some good luck when youre done.
     

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