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Bumpy lawn

West Somerset, England Eng

This is a question from my husband who is in charge of grass cutting. One large area is rather bumpy, and he is considering hiring a heavy roller to see if this would help the situation. Please does anyone have any experience in doing this - would it damage the grass rather than cure the problem?



Get your husband to prod the bumps with a garden fork, should those areas contain stones or brick rubble etc. you'd be best to remove this rubbish. The best way is to cut a herring-bone pattern, lift the pieces of turf from the centre and roll back. The whole area should be moist, not soaking wet, after he has levelled the tops of the bumps he will need to roll the whole area with a water filled roller. The last one I purchased was £70. Other than that, he could borrow an old ironcrate split roller from a local groundsman. I have used this method very often with good results.

12 Oct, 2008


The only problem with using a heavy roller is you will be compacting the soil underneath which may lead to problems with moss in the future. The 'proper' way to do it is to remove some of the soil under each bump but I realise this is a long job and your husband may not be that keen!

13 Oct, 2008

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