We've all experienced a lumpy lawn. It feels like you're walking on rocks and stepping in pot holes.
Seasonal temperature changes and dogs digging holes are major culprits. Whatever the cause, it's not fun to roll your ankle. So how do you smooth it?
Besides digging out lumps and filling in holes, there's a much easier way to smooth out the bumps on your yard.
Lawn rollers are heavy cylinders that are attached to an axle and either towed behind a garden tractor or pulled by hand to smooth the top soil and flatten out bumpy or irregular yards.
They're often times used when seeding a new lawn as a way to press the seeds into the top soil and improve the germination process. They're also commonly used to press freshly laid sod into contact with the soil beneath it.
Caution: Use in Moderation
When using a yard roller on an already established lawn, take great care not to over-do it.
Too many uses can compress the top soil too much, making it difficult for your grass's roots to absorb the right amount of water and nutrients.
Choosing a Lawn Roller
Lawn rollers come in two different styles - steel and polyurethane. They're both hollow so they can be filled with sand or water for weight.
Metal is heavier and more durable, and plastic is lighter and easier to move and store. Both styles can be found in hand-operated models.
Steel Lawn Rollers
Ranging from 24"-60" in width, steel rollers are typically heavier and more durable. They're more stable on hillsides and will not puncture as easily.
They are, however, heavier to move and set up, pose more of a challenge when making sharp turns, and can only be filled with water whereas poly models can be filled with water or sand.
Ranging from 24"-48" in width, poly rollers are lighter weight when empty, which makes for easier storage. They wont rust, they're better for sharp turns, and they cost less than steel rollers. Polyurethane models can also be filled with either water or sand.
The downside with the polyurethane models is that they aren't as heavy and durable as steel, meaning they have a higher likelihood of being punctured or cracked on sharp rocks or other abrasive debris.