There is nothing quite like a well-manicured lawn to make your home look beautiful. Achieving this look can be a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end! In this blog post, we will discuss what is lawn rolling, why and when people do it and some tips for rolling that will help you achieve the perfect lawn.
What is Lawn Rolling and What Purpose Does it Serve?
Lawn rolling is the process of flattening and smoothing your lawn using a roller. This can be done with a manual roller or with a lawn tractor attachment. Rolling is important because it helps to:
- Even out the surface of the lawn- more specifically, it helps to smooth out bumps and ridges
- Press down the grass so that it makes better contact with the soil and can absorb more water and nutrients (when installing new grass sod)
- Compact the soil- this is especially important after seeding or aerating your lawn, as it helps the seeds to take root and prevents soil erosion
- Help the lawn to hold moisture better- lawn rolling can help to seal in moisture, which is especially important during hot, dry weather (depending on the soil type).
How to Roll Your Lawn:
There are a few things you need to know before you start rolling your lawn:
– Make sure the soil is wet before you roll it. This will help to compact the soil and eliminate any bumps.
– Start in one corner of your lawn and work your way across. Be sure to overlap each pass by at least six inches.
– Use even pressure when rolling the lawn. Too much pressure can damage the grass, while not enough pressure will not be effective in flattening the lawn.
– If you are using a manual roller, take breaks every few minutes to avoid getting too tired.
– If you are using a tractor attachment, make sure the ground is level before you start rolling.
– Be careful not to roll your lawn when it is hot outside. The heat can damage the grass and cause it to brown.
How Often Should You Have Your Lawn Rolled?
How often you should roll your lawn will depend on a few factors, such as the type of soil you have and how much traffic your lawn receives. A good rule of thumb is to roll your lawn no more than once a year.
Lawn Rolling is not considered to be the best practice on an established lawn because it compacts the soil thus preventing oxygen and water infiltration. It can also damage the lawn if done excessively. Most people that do this practice do it out for aesthetic purposes. If done correctly and with proper lawn maintenance practices, a lawn should not need to be rolled.
The best time to roll your lawn is when you are establishing a new lawn or after aerating the lawn.
Should You Aerate After Lawn Rolling?
Aerating your lawn after lawn rolling is a good idea, as it will help to further break up the soil and allow for better water and nutrient absorption. You can either use a manual aerator or a lawn tractor attachment. If you are using a lawn tractor attachment, make sure to overlap each pass by at least six inches.
In conclusion, lawn rolling is an important step in achieving a smooth lawn. By following these tips, you can ensure that your lawn is properly flattened and smoothed out. Be sure to aerate your lawn after lawn rolling to allow water, oxygen, and nutrients to better penetrate the soil. Lawn Rolling should only be done once a year, and preferably should not be done on an established lawn.