Bumpy Lawn Problem

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mandklawncare, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. mandklawncare

    mandklawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    We live in Michigan and over the winter the lawns can get quite lumpy from the frost. We have encountered 2 EXTREMELY lumpy lawns (I'm thinking it's other than the frost, like plows shifting the surface of the lawn over the season but there's no sign on scalping). Anyway, not sure what to do to resolve these problems, rolling doesn't seem like it would help with these large of lawns but I was thinking if we saturated it enough to soften the soil then roll... And OF COURSE aerate after but no clue, I've never dealt with a lumpy lawn. Please advise!!! Thanks, Kim
  2. DSIM

    DSIM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    Sounds like it needs topdressing.
  3. The landscaper

    The landscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 844

    I have a couple like that. It feels like they lets cows roam through it for the winter. I was trying to figure out how to smooth it out myself.
  4. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    We have a variety of lawn rollers to use on frost heaving. The answers from the guys in the south won't help you.
  5. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I get a couple calls about this every spring. I don't do lawn rolling because it is unpredictable and I really don't have the time for the return. There is actually a guy here that has taken a very small asphalt roller and has a trailer for it. He advertises rolling with this thing. I have watched him use it a few times but I don't know how effective it is. Then you have the compacted turf to deal with after. I imagine that the soil condition has to be just right as we have heavy clay and wet soil will tank the machine and too dry an it just rolls over with no effect. I just tell people that I have no solution for it.

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