How to Use a Lawn Roller

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  • 3-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 400-700
What You'll Need
Lawn roller
Sand or water

A lawn roller is a device designed to even out irregular curves on the lawn. It is especially useful in winter and after winter when freeze heaves leave the lawn with bumpy surfaces. Sometimes, rodent burrows create shallow holes that may not be good to look at. A lawn roller is useful in evening out these holes. It is also an essential tool that can be used in landscaping applications where new soil needs to be made even.

Step 1 - Pick a Lawn Roller

There are two types of lawn rollers to choose from. One is a manual lawn roller that requires human force to work. This is perfect for people who are on a tight budget, who do not have a tractor, who are not in constant need of a roller, or who are eager to use the roller as a means of physical exercise. The other type of lawn roller is designed to be connected or attached to a tractor. This roller is more expensive, but provides less labor.

Step 2 - Assemble the Device

After purchasing the device, install all parts by following the manufacturer’s instructions. If the roller is a tow-behind, attach it to the tractor.

Step 3 - Fill in with Sand or Water

If the lawn roller is designed with an adjustable weight, as that designed to be filled with sand or water, fill the drum with a sufficient amount of water or sand before using. Open the drum and fill it with enough water or sand.

Step 4 - Work the Roller on the Lawn

The best time to work the roller on the lawn is after a heavy rain when the ground is made soft. Allow the lawn to dry a bit before starting the evening process. If a sprinkler system is available, open the sprinkler to water the ground. Make sure the lawn dries up a bit before starting to work. A muddy lawn may make the work inconvenient.

Push the lawn roller from one end of the lawn to another. If using a tractor, drive the tractor from one end of the lawn to another, the same way you would a lawnmower. Make sure to drive at a slow speed to allow the roller to press on the ground long enough to flatten it. Make several passes on bumpy surfaces until they are evened out.

When working on a new lawn, fill out the holes and cracks with dirt, and use the lawn roller to press the soil into the holes firmly. Plant the sods on the lawn soil. Run the lawn roller on the freshly planted lawn to press the roots of the grass into the soil. Make sure that the lawn is watered well to allow the grass to spread out and grow evenly. If the grass growth causes any uneven surfaces on the lawn, work the lawn roller on the surface once more.