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I have a customer that would like his lawn rolled. I have had little experience with this, so I would appreciate some help. Is it necessary to aerate after? Is plug aerating better than spike. Should you also seed when aerating? Like I said, Any help would be appreciated.
 

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I personally don't use lawn rolling or advertise it at all.

Plug aeration is best in my opinion and no you don't have to seed after it. I would suggest a thin layer of topdressing though.
 

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lawn rolling went out with the dinosaurs. Causes more problems than it fixes.
 

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I was just thinking about rolling today. A few of my customers could use it. I have a roller that we used to use with our tractor. What are the pros/cons? I saw that someone said it can cause problems? please elaborate
 

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I use a lawn roller for new sod installs;makes better root to soil contact.If it is my client I roll new sod for the first 2 seasons to help level the lawn. Helps makes the mowers not scalp.I do a church where utility trucks park in the lawn and leave depressions.After a hard rain i will roll those tracks to level them out.Guess I'm a dinosaur.
 

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I can understand it in the Spring, when the ground is real soft, if the property is known to be real rough to operate on, but doing it this time of year (except down south with all the rains) would be completely useless as hard as the ground is in most parts. The main thing would be, who would be willing to pay for it? By the time you transported your roller, filled it, rolled the lawn, then emptied it and rode back home, how much time would it take? You would have to get a pretty hefty price to cover this.
 

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Lawn rolling is very big around here in the spring time. All I have to do is go to one house and 3 or 4 of the neighbors will come over and want their lawns done also. I roll with a 1 ton roller that a friend gave to me. Apparently, people don't like their mowers bouncing when they're cutting the grass. There is only a one to two week period right around Easter that this is done. I would definitley recommend core aeration after to relieve the soil compaction. BTW, I only do my own yard if somebody parks on it and leaves indentations.
 

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Top soiling a turf area is the best way to get rid of ya ruts.
If your client wants to go out and play lawn bowls or cricket on the turf roll it for him otherwise rolling is not considered acceptable horticultural practice in most circumstances and come to think of it I had a new employee just out of uni (diploma of turf management iii) Tell me after a sod install the other day that rolling is detrimental to turf in any circumstance . I will ask him for his study notes and make a post.
Dr mow is right the main issue is surface compaction.
And yeah what he don't know won't hurt him so sell em on aeration after a couple of rolls.
 

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Everyone else answered for me - soil compaction. And if it is done repeatedly, year after year, you'll end up with a hard pan. Then you've got problems. Also, there is the issue of leaf tissue damage from the squeezing effect. Damaged turf is more susceptible to disease and insect damage later on. I've never run into an uneven ground situation that could not be cured with topsoil and seed. The only situation where a roller could ever be used is after installing sod. And then, it should be empty.
Folks did a lot of things in the "olden" days, but it doesn't mean they were right.
 
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