to roll or not to roll

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bababooie, Feb 19, 2001.

  1. bababooie

    bababooie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    do you guys roll your newly seeded lawns,and is there a difference if you do not? i'm big on seed soil contact. i usually roll after the straw is down.but i was wondering on big jobs how would i be able to?
  2. BryanB

    BryanB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Man, just seed, straw and go!
  3. Forever Green Lawn

    Forever Green Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    It's fine to roll after the seed is down as long as the roller is not to heavy. I usually use an empty one. On a real large job, I wouldn't bother unless you have the time or the manpower. As far as a difference, I've seen nice seed jobs that were never rolled!
  4. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    i always put in new dirt, roll, get low spots out, scratch the surface, spread the seed, and then finally roll it with the straw on it.
  5. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    It depends on how soft and flat the ground is weather I roll it or not. I have a gas powered walk behind thats like a tank at times.I always roll it befor I put the straw down. Weather conditions have a lot to do with how well the seed sets a root.

  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    About 80% of the time I roll, but with very little weight. Not enough to compact the ground but to make the seed have good contact. I think it really has an advantage in overseeding jobs. You make sure the seed gets to the soil and not stuck in the grass.
  7. bababooie

    bababooie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    65 hoss, what about newly seeded jobs

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