Originally Posted by greenlantern412
Ok I am looking for a lawn roller for two reason. 1) mash down my lawn after winter to smooth it out. 2) food plot prep. Over the last few years I have planted a bunch of annual plots like brassicas's etc etc. After I dragged the plot and laid the seed I was done. I let the rain do the work then. When getting a roller, can it be too heavy where the seed has a hard time breaking the ground? I am looking at one a tractor supply which is 920lbs when full. If I roll, seed, then roll again could I be pushing brassicas, winter peas, oats, etc to hard?
For very small seeds, like clover and brassica, the lawn roller will work well. You can't say the same for peas, oats or other larger seeds. This variation is why a cultipacker is a much more appropriate tool for serious food-plotters.
Say you're planting a mix of winter rye, oats, peas, clover and forage radish. You've got 2 distinctly different seed sizes to contend with. The bigger stuff should be lightly tilled or disced in an inch or more, while the clover and radish should be just barely be covered, if at all. (You could also drill in the bigger seeds) An excellent approach for planting a mix like this would be to disc in the 3 bigger seeds, then cultipack. Broadcast the smaller seeds and then cultipack again, or maybe
use the lawn roller.
If you've already got a pretty smooth food plot surface, and you are ONLY planting small-seeded plants like clover and brassica, you could prep the surface with one pass of the lawn roller, broadcast your seed, and then roll again. This would work very well, for those small seeds.