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Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Grass Man, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. Grass Man

    Grass Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272


    .... Does aeration help to smooth out hard, bumpy and rough ground :confused:? Would the use of a roller also be required :help:?
  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    aeration is when you pull soil cores from the ground. it does help alleviate "hard" soil. however, its not going to level a feild. Don't run a roller around unless absolutely necessary. they just re-compact what you just uncompacted.
  3. Ecobjs

    Ecobjs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Agree with BS. If you try and roll the sod you will just compact it. When the sod was first put in place the ground below it needed to be smooth and lump free. The you put the sod down and can roll it then to smooth out.
  4. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    If the ground is soft enough (and not to bumpy) that a roller will level it. Then roll it first then aerate to help loosen the soil you just compacted.
  5. Old Hippy

    Old Hippy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    One time we had a ballfield that was terrible rough. We took a tractor type aerator and went over the gound a whole bunch of times when the ground was just damp so the cores would break up pretty good. I mean we covered the place with cores. Waited a couple hours for the cores to dry a little more then drug the field with a keystone mat in several directions. The result was a smooth field. The key was getting the cores to break up and fill the low spots.

    One other way to do it is to topdress and drag the field.

    Old Hippy

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