If you have a lawn or garden and are sick of trying to mow it, then I’m sure you’ve contemplated investing in a good quality lawn roller. They don’t have to be hard and expensive like some people assume, there are some very affordable models that are very effective. You can find some very inexpensive models that are also very effective. What you need to decide is what can I use instead of a lawn roller, and how do lawn rollers really work?
Lawn rollers are basically a tool to turn the soil over from flat to sloping. This enables the grass to grow in the correct direction so that it can actually feed off the topsoil. Some people call them aerators but that’s another article. Basically they just move the soggy layer of grass away from the roots so that grass and topsoil can grow together.
The first question that comes to our mind when we hear about lawn rollers is what can we do instead of one. In fact there are several things that you can do, and the main one is not to use a lawn roller. The main thing is to use something that will actually move the ground and flatten out the soil a bit. In this case the best lawn roller would be a rock.
Aeration is important if you want to get more natural soil compaction and increase water retention in your lawn. A common myth about aeration is that you just need to add a ton of it, when the fact is you just need to slightly modify the way you aerate your lawn by turning the soil around. Instead of completely removing the topsoil on one long row, you’d want to create a shallow indentation on each side where you place the aeration auger.
You should also consider using a lawn roller when you have newly planted grass or seedlings. When you have these things planted in the ground, you want to make sure that they grow in a compact and tight manner. The only way to achieve this is to use a grass seed that grows really well in a compact soil compaction environment. With the compact soil you will find that the seeds also get into the roots because they cannot stretch out as far. If you have aerated them too much before they were planted, you will find that they don’t grow as well.
Using a lawn roller will also help to improve the soil when you have already planted the new lawn seed. This means that you will see an increase in root growth and a finer finish on the grass seed. The better the seed you get the better the lawn rollers really work. And remember that the newer the grass the tighter the ground should be. If you have a clay soil compaction, you need to use a different type of roller.
Using the right size of lawn roller is very important to getting the best results. Take the time to measure out the area that you want your lawn roller to be and then take the measurements with you when you go to buy one. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you need to buy the biggest or the widest roller you can find because often the wrong size is used. Most people are not going to buy a riding lawn roller because they have no idea what size is needed. But you should try to find a roller that has a larger surface area (spacing between rows) for your grass.
Lawn rollers come in many different sizes and models. For many homeowners the decision comes down to whether they want to get an automatic or a manual reel. In the long run an automatic is much more cost effective, although they tend to use quite a bit more energy. You can also find a few hand operated rollers that you control with a foot pedal. They are a bit more expensive but can be a great addition to any lawn care routine. For homeowners who don’t have the extra money to buy or keep up with buying new equipment, these can also be a great way to make sure that your lawn is kept properly maintained.