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There's a story about a couple visiting England and they went to visit Buckingham Palace. Of course, everything was perfect there including the landscape. As they were admiring the scenery, the husband spotted a gardener and went over to him.

"What's the secret." he asked.

"Whazzat, mate," asked the gardener.

"How do you get the grass so smooth and perfect?"

"Well, see it like this," began the gardener.

"First you cut it, then you roll it. Then you cut it and you roll it. Then you keeps that up... for about three hundred years."

The husband walked away, disheartened.

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So, none of us have 300 years to get it right, but do you use a roller regularly?
 

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haha poor guy. Got his work set up don't he. But I honestly have never used a roller. I don't even know what they do except when you have something that needs to be compacted. Thats it.
 

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My yard is very rough, and I suspect that if I rolled it right after the thaw, when the ground is still damp and soft, that it'd knock the high spots down.
 

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I haven't used one yet but I am seriously considering it.
 

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I have a pull behind roller, holds about 55 gal of water. Comes up to about 500 lbs when full. Usually roll in the spring, when the ground is soft. The best time to get it is when there is still frost in the ground, but the top 2-3 inches are kind of soggy. Smooths out real nice!
 

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For me, using a roller would be pointless. It's only good for people who have flat lawns with exceptionally soft soil. I have neither.
 

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I just purchased a used roller on CL about a month ago. Had to reseed an area of my yard so I roto tilled it, raked it level, seeded it and then rolled it. Turned out good.

Wish I would of had the roller last summer. Got a deal on some sod and laid out an area about 30'x40'. There I just roto tilled area, raked it level and laid sod. Turned out a little bumpy or uneven. I think the roller would have resulted in a nice smooth surface.
A couple weeks ago after it rained I pulled roller over sod and it seems a little smoother now.
 
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