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LUMPY BUMPY LAWNS: Rolling not a good idea for lawns

Kind of sounds like a song by Billy Ray Cyrus, doesn’t it?

Common questions each Spring are “why is my lawn bumpy?” and “how do I fix a bumpy lawn”? Here is another from one of our customers:

Hi Kyle,

It’s here again! (spring)

Do you think we would benefit from rolling our lawn to get rid of the bumpy areas so it is smooth during the summer?

If yes what will be your cost if you offer this service?

Regards,   Gillian

ANSWER:

Hey Gillian, great to hear from you.

We never recommend rolling a lawn.

Rolling never achieves what people expect it to do.  You would need a steam roller to be able to effect smoothing out bumps, which in turn will severely compact your lawn making it really difficult to grow healthy turfgrass (but weeds would survive…).

The best thing you can do is to aerate regularly, topdress and overseed when needed, manage pest infestations proactively and keep the lawn thick and healthy.

Bumps are usually the result of uneven growth and poor health. When the lawn thickens sufficiently, these bumps are much less pronounced.

I hope this helps,  Kyle!

PS: If your lawn is bumpy, a few things to look for are: Different “bunch-types” of grass like Tall Fescue clumps, worm castings from ‘night crawlers’, frost heaving (freeze/thaw) in the soil, animals digging, grub damage, chinch bug damage where the turf has not recovered, excess thatch, not enough thatch,  tree roots from large trees or even neighbours trees that cause heaving soil, mowing patterns that never change causing wheel ruts (the list goes on)…

Knowing what is causing the problem, helps you to better zero in on how to fix the lawn and whatever is causing the uneven or lumpy feel.  However it is important to note that not all of these problems can be solved easily.  Re-sodding, or covering over the problem is only delaying the same issue from happening again and potentially wasting money if you don’t get down to the “root” cause.

Let me know what you see in the comments area and I’ll be sure to respond in the conversation with some good ideas to help alleviate the problem.

Check out another blog I wrote on this by clicking here.

FAQ About Best Lawn Care Practices

🌱 Why Is My Lawn Bumpy?

There are a number of reasons why lawns get lumps and bumps in them. The continual freezing and thawing over spring can cause soil to shift unevenly. Wild animals or pets can dig up areas of a lawn. Even walking on it when it is too soft either in the spring or after a very heavy rainfall can cause depressions to form in your lawn. If lumps and bumps in your lawn are concerning you it is best to contact a qualified lawn care specialist near you to diagnosis exactly what the issue is and the best way to deal with it.

🌱 How Many Times a Week Should You Water Your Lawn?

You need to water at least once a week for at least an hour, this generally provides 1-1.5″ of water to the roots (a tuna cans height) (exceptions: 1. when you seed &  2. if you have an automated system 3. When we are experiencing extreme heat).
New Seeding Watering: Seed must be kept moist until established.  This will be influenced by the amount of sun, wind and heat you are experiencing in your particular area.  It is normal to require 3-4 short waterings per day to maintain a moist seedbed.  Use a light stream of water to lessen disturbance of the seedbed.

🌱 What is the Proper Height to Mow Grass To Keep It Healthy?

In the spring (May-June) and fall (September-November), your lawn should be kept at the 2.5 – 3-inch mark and in the hotter and drier summer periods at least 3 inches.  Contrary to popular belief, if you cut the lawn shorter it doesn’t make it grow at a slower rate, it can actually cause it to lose moisture and scorch.

 

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  • Coping with Covid Update: (updated 06/01/20)

    Hi Everyone, 

    I’m happy to share some good news during these crazy times. LawnSavers is servicing lawns in all areas as lawn care and pest control services that provide for lawn health are officially on the Provincial list of essential services due to the fact we can provide this service safely and with no personal contact!

    We do not expect any delay in our regular timing of applications (except from the brief wintry weather in May).  We put together an easy to read lawn care service timeline that you can use to know when to expect us for each scheduled service in your package. 

    I want to reassure you that in every decision we make around COVID-19, our number one priority remains the health and safety of our employees and customers.  Safety and honesty are our two most important core values.  We will continue to follow strict safety guidelines that ensure “zero touch”.  We will not let our guard down on exercising our safety protocols!

    Our office is open but with less staff in order to maintain safety protocols like social distancing.   Please note our phones are experiencing a high volume of calls and we know how much everyone hates being left on hold, so please leave us a message or email us at greatservice@lawnsavers.com  and we will get back to you in less than 24 hours.
    Please be patient with us, we will get back to you as fast as possible.
    You can also sign up for services on our website by clicking here.

    Thank you all for your understanding and patience during these challenging times. Our team works hard, so if you are met with our exceptional service from our technicians or office team members- please give them a thumbs up to make them smile or let me know through a quick email to feedback@lawnsavers.com

    We thank you for supporting our local, family-owned business of 30 years.
    We
     genuinely appreciate each and every one of you and promise that we will do our part to ensure our mutual safety and be on your lawn as soon as possible.  

    Thank you in advance,
    Kyle Tobin
    Chief Environmental Officer