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Rolling A Lawn

Rolling grass is to firm the first and second layer of the ground, this would also be done to make the ground even.

The ground should only be rolled and generally around spring and there should not be a frost on the ground, also to take into to consideration is the type of roller this should not be a roller that is too heavy.

Never roll a lawn in the winter as this will not help the ground and its recovery.

Rolling a lawn helps to firm the ground and help soil compaction.   

There are different types of roller for different types of surfaces,

  1. The steel roller, this is predominantly made of steel and helps its efficacy and is very durable, this is better to be attached to something moveable such as a tractor or quad bike.
  2. Plastic Lawn Roller this type of roller is the cheapest on the market and is lightweight with it been plastic it is easy to use on lawns although they are not effective or durable.
  3. Poly Lawn Roller this type of roller is made with a special type of plastic this gives it better durability than the plastic lawn roller, the poly rollers have to be filled with something that is like sand in order for them to be used, once it has been used it the substance in the roller needs to be emptied.
  4. The Concrete Lawn roller this type of roller is made up of either concrete or stone alongside the steel roller and the heaviness of the roller is great to flatten down a surface such as a lawn or flower bed, although steel is durable the concrete lawn roller is a lot more durable. The upside of using a concrete roller is that it can be used in wet conditions and it will not rust as the steel one would.

Before Use

Before using the roller, you should make sure that there has not been a frost and the ground is not too wet if the ground was to be rolled when the ground was too wet then it could damage it.

Also, eyewear and PPE should be worn before undertaking the task this will help minimise any accidents that could occur.


  1. Check the weather and the ground is the ground dry damp or very wet if it is very wet avoid rolling the lawn
  2. When you start to roll the grass don’t go to slow or two fast just at a normal walking pace as this will be effective enough.
  3. If rolling with a tractor or quad this should be at a normal pace so around 10 -15 mph this will be effective enough for it to have an impact.
  4. If this is done in a sequence of going up and down the lawn.

Top Tips

  • Make sure the ground has not had a frost on it
  • Make sure that the ground is not too wet
  • When using the roller make sure that if it is been used its not too heavy for you to use.
  • If it is your first time get someone to show you how to use the Instrument.
  • Make sure that it is the right season to be rolling.





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