lumpy and rutted lawns

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by The mayor, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    What does one do to smooth out a lumpy or rutted lawn. I myself on a lumpy older lawn use a large roller and aerate. Sometimes it smooths it out but most of the time there is not much of a difference. Some people insist on having it done. I know alot of people on this site frown at rolling. What are you doing when someone says they want a smoother lawn without having to start with a fresh yard.
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,555

    Why not topdress it with new soil and level with rakes? Some types of grass like Bermuda will fill in but if you have other types you reseed.
  3. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    About the only time rolling will smooth a lawn is when the soil is saturated. This will lead to: compacted soil, poor water infiltration, restricted rooting, fertilizer runoff. Don't do it. Topdressing with a similar type of soil and then dragging or raking it in will help. Core aeration followed by verticutting is also helpful. Either of these methods would create a good seebed so spread some seed at the same time.

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