lawn rolling before overseeding or after ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Dan the mowing man, Apr 10, 2004.

  1. Dan the mowing man

    Dan the mowing man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I have a small yard to over seed and they want it rolled to which one should i do first ? Thanks .
  2. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Seed first otherwise first wind and your seed will be gone.
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    If you roll first, it will be much harder to rake the seed in to the soil. (Must be mixed in well).
  4. Fine Lines Lawn

    Fine Lines Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    Never roll a lawn. It compacts and / or breaks the root system.
  5. CNE

    CNE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    I agree with Fine Lines. Do not roll the lawn. Aerate it well with a core aerator, seed it, water it to get the seed down into the existing grass and don't mow it for a couple of weeks. Explain the down side of rolling to your customer and how it is not healthy to the existing grass. If they insist, do it and charge them to come back an aerate it again once the grass is established

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