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rolling lawn

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by labrador2, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. labrador2

    labrador2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    got a couple requests for rolling rough lawns. i am going to use my 4 wheeler and roller one the big areas . on the fenced in areas i was wondering if the roller on my aeratr would be heavy enough.we just gor a good rain
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  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    If it's filled with water it should be about the same, and if it's to the point that
    you can't get anything else near that fence then after you talk it over with the
    customer they will probably let you do it that way...

    But I'd get the clearance from the customer on this first, just to be sure!
  3. snowjeep

    snowjeep LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 463

    I dont know how big your roller is. But I bought one that with water was 640lbs and it did nit do much. I wound up filling it with sand which brought it to around 900 lbs and now I can tell I smoothed out a lawn.
  4. Schuley

    Schuley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    I've always been told that rolling is bad for the lawn. Compacts the soil around the roots and inhibits proper root growth.... I don't do it, and nobody around here does except for the old timers that have done it so long because thats what used to be common.
  5. TL1981

    TL1981 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 120

    500 or 600 lb roller 3-4' width is fine for a northern lawn that has freeze heaving... just enough to flaten out the raised spots. Your not trying to *level* out the damn yard! Now a 1000 lb roller will surely compact the soil which is not good. Of course it's all relative to how soft the ground is.

    I saw a guy the other day rolling his yard with a small asphalt roller I kid you not! His yard was smooth alright, reeeeeaaal smooth :hammerhead: Oh, and you should have see the huge ruts in the yard his F-250 and trailer with the roller loaded on it made, some people are just genious! This was done the very next day after a hard, continuous rain that lasted all day. Good stuff.

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