Spring is the better time to do a rolling application because the turf usually has more moisture from the frost coming out of the ground and from the spring rains.
When Should You Roll Your Lawn?
It should also be part of your preparation before laying new sod. It allows for a nice even starting surface, just like the seeding preparation, which prevents dips in the lawn later on.
Rolling the newly laid sod will ensure that it’s made a good contact between the soil and the new turf, which is key for new root development.
When Seeding Your Lawn
It should be part of your preparation work before seeding a new lawn, as it gives you the opportunity to start on a nice level surface before the seed goes down.
Jim always rolls over the grass seed once it’s been put down, which helps settle the seed and place it in the soil without burying it too deep.
Animals will often tunnel or dig up a lawn when searching for pests, like white grubs, as a food source. They can make an awful mess of a perfectly good lawn in no time, leaving you with a lawn repair job to get things back in order.
The damage will need to be repaired by placing the rolled back turf into place, or by top dressing and reseeding, and finally, in both cases, gone over with the lawn roller.
How To Roll Your Lawn
The problem is to work on ground with just the right amount of moisture. If the ground is too wet, you’ll have a soil compaction problem. On the other hand, working on a lawn that’s too dry will almost be a waste of time with the lawn roller, as the ground will not be flattened or repositioned as needed.
Soil compaction from rolling on a newly seeded lawn will likely deprive the seeds and seedlings from needed water and oxygen to grow properly.
What Type of Roller
Residential properties really only require a lightweight model. One that fills with 250 to 500 pounds of water is fine. Never opt for a heavy commercial roller. They’re simply not necessary.
Commercial rollers are made for paving or crushing aggregates. You can imagine what kind of damage they could do to your residential lawn.
There are various sizes of push rollers. We often use a 48 inch metal roller. There are also tow rollers available, that hitch up to your riding lawn tractor or four wheeler. They can be made from steel or a strong poly grade plastic. The choice is all in what you prefer.
Tips For A Successful Lawn Rolling Application
Follow a rolling on an established lawn with an aeration afterwards. This will allow much needed water and air to penetrate the surface to the roots.
Do not roll your lawn after mowing, even you use the best push reel mower or the best self propelled lawn mower, they still damage and make your lawn become weak. So, after mowing is not the right time for rolling.
If you have clay soil, avoid lawn rolling altogether. You want to avoid issues with soil compaction that would be difficult to correct.
Rolling should not necessarily be a yearly maintenance. Only do it as needed.