Manual lawn rollers are used as immediately before seeding a new lawn or immediately after laying new sod. The roller is great for leveling the surface and ensuring a good binding of sod roots and the underlying soil. Simply fill the hollow 18-inch diameter, 26-inch roller halfway with water and roll the lawn roller rental "across the grain" of the lengths of sod. This plastic barrel can hold 250 - 300 pounds of water when fully filled, although the only time the roller usually is fully filled is to smooth out high and low spots on established lawns.
|Roller width:||26 inches|
|Max Weight (when full of water):||270 lbs|
If you're laying a new sod lawn, make sure that you've fully completed the sod installation before you use the lawn roller rental. Inspect the sod and fill any gaps between sod lengths with a moist mixture of potting soil and soil from on-site.
DO: Use the roller across the grain of sod lengths, not lengthwise.
Use after tillering to do a light compaction of the of the soil. The goal is not re-pack everything you just loosened up with the tiller, but to help identify any high or low spots that need to be re-address with the rake or tiller.