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lawn rolling

sulston

LawnSite Member
I originally posted this in the maintenance forum but since I am relatively new to the lawn biz and specifically to this area of lawn care I thought I'd try here too, hope thats OK. I need some advice. I have a customer who wants their lawn rolled for the fact that it is rather bumpy, which in fact it is. Now I know that a lot of you guys are against lawn rolling because of the compaction thing which I completely understand but I'm looking for some advice on what to tell this customer. I know that the lawn did not get aerated for the last 2 years so should I agree to roll it but recommend an aeration with it? Or should I just tell him it's really not a good idea, but then what do I do about the bumpiness? Is there a better way to fix that problem? Any advice is greatly appreciated, I'm just not sure how to go about this. If I'm going to tell him it shouldn't be rolled I'm going to need a good explanation as to why, more than just it compacts the soil. Thanks a lot.
 

weeble67

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Defiance Ohio
Personally I would explain to him that rolling it will help eliminate some of the bumps. Then follow up with explaining the benefits of aerating a lawn. Then tell him you'll make him a package deal to do both of the services. Just explain that the aerating will not bring the bumps back.
 

bigmudder77

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
wooster ohio
i like rollling yards i think its good for them. i would roll it when the ground is damp so it will smooth out better and also try to get a aerating in there too you should make good money if you know what your doing
 

Grassmechanic

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
S.E. Michigan
i like rollling yards i think its good for them. i would roll it when the ground is damp so it will smooth out better and also try to get a aerating in there too you should make good money if you know what your doing
You're in dire need of a university class on soils. Rolling damp soil is possibly the WORST thing a person could do the the soil.:nono:
 

the ace

LawnSite Member
Location
usa
A proper lawn maintenance schedule should include rolling as well as aerating. Anyone who thinks rolling a lawn is a bad idea should tell your local golf course to "stop rolling the fairways because it's bad for them" and see what they say!
 

Grassmechanic

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
S.E. Michigan
Well let's see Ace, since I've run a GC for over 8 years, I can tell you that rolling was NEVER a part of my regime. Just because you see someone else do it, does not make it right. I know a few supers who have no clue as to what they're doing. You need to sign up with Bigmudder for basic soils class if you believe there is a benefit to rolling.
 

the ace

LawnSite Member
Location
usa
Well let's see Ace, since I've run a GC for over 8 years, I can tell you that rolling was NEVER a part of my regime. Just because you see someone else do it, does not make it right. I know a few supers who have no clue as to what they're doing. You need to sign up with Bigmudder for basic soils class if you believe there is a benefit to rolling.
Wow, I didn't know that the ground didn't freeze and thaw in s.e. michigan!
 

Grassmechanic

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
S.E. Michigan
It does. And your point is???
 

the ace

LawnSite Member
Location
usa
It does. And your point is???
As the freezing and thawing process is occurring the ground becomes uneven and lumpy, not exactly ideal GC conditions. While rolling doesn't make your grass any greener it does provide a more level cut and smoother playing surface. (and my game can use all the help it can get)
 

Turfco Tim

LawnSite Member
Location
Blaine, MN
Golf courses replaced rolling with top dressing many years ago. The only part of a golf course that currently gets rolled are sand based greens. Greens can handle it because they are aerated multiple times per year.
 
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