Want to level my dirt (lawn) before laying sod
A few months ago I used a sod cutter and removed my lawn. I then tilled in ammend. I then today replaced the whole sprinkler system by digging large trenches, etc.
My concern is that a few weeks ago I noticed when it rained that my dirt felt like walking on a water bed. It was so full of air. I don't want to sod and then have the ground settle a huge amount.
I was wondering if it would make sense that once it is raked out to where I have the grade as I want it and it looks correct, to rent a lawn roller from Home Depot, fill it full of water, then try to compact down the soil a bit so that it will not sink down a lot after sodding? I am fine with doing this now, then (if need be) letting it sit for a few weeks or even a month or two, then doing this again (if that is the approach). Then proceed with all the processes for sodding as described by the place I purchase from.
Help , any advice appreciated.