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Lawn rollers are pieces of gardening equipment designed to help you flatten down a lawn. They are large drums that you can fill with water (to make them even heavier). You roll the drum over your lawn, and the weight helps to push down on the surfaces, making it an even height. They are not complicated pieces of equipment but, depending on your needs, there is a wide range of different features available.
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For those who desire a perfectly flat lawn, a lawn roller is a necessary piece of equipment. The best way to think of it is like an iron for your yard. The size of the drum, and its water capacity, determine how flat your lawn will get. Some lawn rollers are towed behind trucks or tractors, but the majority are designed to be pushed. The three basic components of a lawn roller are:
Many have additional features (which will be discussed in this guide), but at its core, a lawn roller is a heavy drum that rolls over your lawn – and that’s all there is to it. Everything else is a bonus.
Our ratings (and the guide overall) was based on a review of a wide range of options available on the market. The main features we took into account were:
Although the needs of every user vary somewhat, the five options below are our picks for the best options.
The Brinly-Hardy gets our nod (among some very stiff competition) due to its rugged, robust design. It is an extremely reliable piece of equipment that does exactly what it’s built to do. It’s easy to push it or to tow it behind a tractor.
As well as being a solid piece of equipment, it’s gentle too – the rounded ends mean that there is less damage to your lawn. The solidity of the design means this model will last you for years and do as great a job after ten years as it does on day one.
If you are looking for a solid option that doesn’t break the bank, the Goplus Lawn Roller is our recommendation. At less than $90, this represents a significant saving on other models out there. Don’t let the price tag fool you though – this one is built with quality features, and they’ve not cut any corners in the overall design.
A neat feature of this model is that you can tow or push it, so whether you have a small lawn (and are pushing it yourself) or want to cover a larger area behind a tractor, this is a versatile option. Not bad for something half the price of other, comparable options!
The Brinly-Hardy 690 lb model is designed for simplicity. Most users of lawn rollers want a reliable piece of equipment that doesn’t break – just does its job, year-in, year-out. For those people, this is the model. It contains nice features, but nothing too spectacular.
At first glance, this isn’t a stand-out model. It’s the lack of stand out, however, that makes it great. It has quality built without too many bells and whistles, which means that it does the core job effectively. It’s not the top in any one category but provides a great job at a low price-point.
If you’re in the market for something simple and effective, the Agri-Fab model is a great option. The number of features on offer is high, particularly given this is at the lower end of the price range. What makes this the stand-out budget choice is that it doesn’t feel budget. It would be difficult to pick this one as the cheapest when presented with a range of options – truly the sign of a great budget model.
The scraper bar and removable fill plug make it a convenient roller to use, and the 400lb capacity puts it at the top end as well. This was actually our second-ranked overall pick, making the price point even more impressive.
When most people buy a lawn roller, they don’t have a vast expanse of lawn to cover. Many of the rollers on the market are designed with the proviso that weight and size are everything. For most users, however, smaller is actually better. Our final pick is a testament to this.
At less than 52 lbs in raw weight, this one is small enough to move around your lawn without having to tow it. It also holds 54 gallons of water, giving you all of the weight range that you’d reasonably need.
Lawn rollers help to level out a bumpy lawn. This is particularly helpful when you are establishing a new lawn, so it can be nice and flat. The two main ways this is done are through:
Another instance when you might use a lawn roller is to even out any bumps in your lawn, such as any spots of raised ground created by moles or other animals.
Generally, most consumers buy a bigger lawn roller than they need. For most lawns, it’s about giving it a regular roll and buying a small, nimble model. Unless you are operating a championship tennis court or a royal garden, it’s better to start small and work your way up.
Compacting the ground in your lawn can close necessary air pockets that are needed for water to absorb and for a healthy lawn in general. In order to ensure this doesn’t happen, you should aerate your lawn after you use a lawn roller.
If you’re looking to improve the look of your lawn, consider a lawn roller may be a tool that you’d like in your arsenal to help you achieve that.