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In the quest for the perfect lawn the gardener requires certain gardening tools to assist him or her. These tools include the lawn scarifier, the lawn aerator and the lawn roller (or garden roller as it is sometimes referred to). The lawn roller plays an important part in maintaining your lawn in perfect condition. When used it will flatten out any bumps or lumps creating a smooth and flat surface to your lawn.

Having a flat surface to your lawn is essential in obtaining a pristine lawn. Without any bumps or lumps you will be able to mow your lawn in an even manner, resulting in a really crisp and precise cut. The garden roller is not just limited to keeping your lawn flat. If you are repairing your lawn then the lawn roller is perfect for bedding down any new grass seed. If your preferred manner of lawn repair is to use sod rather than seed, then there is no better way to pack down your newly laid turf sod than with a lawn roller.



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The lawn roller has been designed to be able to flatten an existing lawn and assist with the sowing of new grass seeds and laying new turf. For a lawn that looks pristine and professionally cared for, a garden roller is an important investment to invest in. A good quality lawn roller will ensure a flat, attractive and enticing lawn.


When it comes to searching for a garden roller in the market place there are several different applications to choose from. At first you may find this confusing or even daunting. However it is the size of your lawn and how you will use this particular gardening tool that will steer you in the right direction when it comes to making a decision. Take a little time to familiarize yourself with the types that are available to you and then make the most suitable investment.


Generally speaking the majority of examples of the lawn roller work in the same manner and tend to look very similar. Each garden roller will have a hollow cylinder that will literally flatten everything in it’s way. The cylinder can be made out of steel, polyethylene or concrete. The most common type though is the steel version and this is ideal for use by private gardeners. Close attention needs to be paid to the cylinders as they all have different diameters. So this is where it is important to know the size of your lawn. The size of the cylinders can vary from 18 inches up to 24 inches on the small personal gardener versions.


Once you have ascertained the size of cylinder you require on your garden roller, you then need to consider whether you wish to have a manual roller or a pull model. The pull model versions can be attached to a small tractor and are generally the preferred choice with use on large areas. The manual models of the lawn roller are more affordable and more suited to the average garden. Again the size of your lawn will help with this decision as well as the size of your budget.


You can buy a garden roller at any suitable garden tool outlet. If buying is not your thing then you may hire one from any tool hire specialist by the day. The hiring option may be the best solution to begin with to familiarise yourself properly with the lawn.


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The garden roller can make a huge difference to the quality and finish of your lawn. With just a few techniques they can improve the look and colour of your lawn giving you a well manicured finishing touch to your garden that was once only dreamed of.


To use the lawn roller is simple enough. If your lawn suffers from being uneven and having bumpy areas scattered around it, then a days use with the garden roller will rectify everything. The first issue you will probably wish to confront is that of the bumps that are scattered throughout your lawn. To deal with these you first need to cut back the turf where the bump is situated. The ideal measurement to cut back the turf is about 4 inches to ensure that you do not leave any bare patches when you replace the turf. So cut the turf and roll it back. Next take your garden spade and remove any excess earth so that the soil is level with the rest of your lawn.


Carefully take your lawn roller and in a backwards and forwards motion go over the cut back area ensuring that you do not damage any surrounding grass. This will compact the soil and level it off properly. The result being that you have a patch where the grass roots will be able to take a good grip and flourish. Roll out your turf again over the flattened area and check it for the level. If you are happy then go over the re-laid turf with the garden roller to compact it back in to the soil. Water this area immediately because if you don’t the grass roots will not have the nutrients they require at this stage.


A lawn roller can also be used to sow new grass seed. Clear the area where you wish to sow the new seed. This means removing any excess debris and then roll the area with the lawn roller. Sow your seeds and then go over the area again with the roller. The seeds will then be compacted in to the soil which gives them the best opportunity of being able to burrow down and establish good rooting. Again water thoroughly after using the garden roller.


It goes without saying that the garden roller creates a smooth and level lawn finish. It is just one of several main maintenance secrets that professional and experienced gardeners use for existing lawns and newly laid lawns.

The garden roller is a very simple tool. It is just a cylinder that can go backwards or forwards like a wheel and the cylinder is attached to a handle. To increase the weight of the cylinder one can fill it with water, sand or soil. Water tends to be the favoured choice as it is easier to fill and empty. The garden roller comes in a variety of sizes from 2 to 6 feet long with cylinder diameters being anything from 18 to 24 inches. The weight of these tools can be anything from 200 pounds to 1000 pounds.


When it comes to laying a new lawn the garden roller is an essential tool to have. It can smooth out the ground so that water will drain correctly and the actual lawn will be flat. By rolling new turf or freshly sown seeds you are aiding the grass with root growth and quicker germination.


Existing lawns should be rolled periodically to ensure their upkeep and return them to their original flat state. Rodents and other wildlife can cause bumps in your lawn as can weather conditions such as frost heaving. You can decide to flatten specific bumps and lumps or just concentrate on the whole lawn. The lawn roller allows you this choice.





Water too has a habit of accumulating in certain parts of the lawn. This can result in poor drainage and unhealthy grass. It also creates an environment for lawn pests and lawn diseases. Any water drainage issues can be resolved by using the lawn roller so that the entire lawn has all the water it requires with any excess just flowing away.


A level lawn is easier to mow giving a more symmetrical cut. As simple a tool that the garden roller is, the benefits and uses are there for all to see. If you love your lawn and wish it to be healthy, vibrant and pristine in appearance, the garden roller has to be a gardening tool you keep in the garden shed along with your moisture meter.