To Roll or not to Roll

hdog(7upstatesc)August 18, 2011

I planted Tifgrand sod 2 weeks ago and have been watering every 3 hours for 15 min at a time. I mowed twice at 2". I have a rotary mower. The sod seems to have rooted OK. I have some slight high and low points. Is it too late to roll to try to smooth out the highs and lows? In my other post "separated seams in Tifgrand sod" there was a reference to rolling, but TW indicated it would be of minimal benefit. By the way, there are no brown edges. All has turned green. At this point will rolling be futile?

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Rolling is to get a good connection between new sod and the soil. It will due little to nothing to smooth things out. You will have to sand the low spots.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 10:08AM
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Thanks neilaz,
I sorta figured that. How deep a dip can I fill? Will the grass just seek the surface, say up to 6" of sand?

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 10:19AM
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I have no knowledge with your grass type, but I doubt anything will handle 6" of sand. I'm familiar with cool seasons, but typically no more than 1" at a time, and that is pushing it.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 2:47PM
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I was being a bit facetious. I was just curious about how much sand the bermuda could grow through.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 3:07PM
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I tend to do about 1/4" or so. But i like to do things a little at a time. If you have a big area an inch or so. The deeper the sand the longer it will take grass to grow. For a good read pull up a chair and check out the attached.

Here is a link that might be useful: level with sand

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 6:55PM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

I completely smothered a bermuda yard with 2 inches of sand. If you go too deep, that's the risk.

If you want to use a small scoop to fill in a few holes, then go 1/4 to 1/3 inch per week.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 1:48PM
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Points taken, thanks.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 2:11PM
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