Everything You Need to Know about Garden Rollers  

How to Keep your Lawn in Prime Condition

We bring you all the guidance and advice needed to help you choose the ideal garden lawn roller - we tell you all about the various types of roller available to buy, how to use them and the benefits of buying one. We also offer tips and help guides on how to keep your lawn in tip-top condition, as well as plenty of useful information about other useful tools for lawn care and maintenance.

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Types of Lawn Roller

Options include metal,
cast iron & Plastic 

which garden roller to buy?

Choosing a Roller

Things to consider when buying a new roller

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Garden Roller Benefits

The advantages of
owning a lawn roller

using a garden roller

Using a Garden Roller

How to operate a
roller for best results

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Other Lawn Gear

Spreaders, scarifiers,
edgers & other devices

Get Your Lawn in Great Shape with a Garden Roller 

A garden roller has an important ‘roll’ to play in keeping your lawn in tip-top condition - it is the perfect device for helping you achieve a smooth, flat, level and healthy surface.

Manual and tow along rollers are great for flattening bumps in a lawn and repairing dips and depressions - and are also excellent tools for packing down newly planted seeds or freshly-laid turf sods.

Most of these devices are made of toughened plastic or galvanised steel, so they are very strong and sturdy. These have large drums on the bottoms of them with long handles to make them really easy to push. Some are filled with either water or sand, which will create the weight that is needed to flatten the soil or grass on your lawn. The roller will flatten down the lawn and get rid of any unsightly tufts of turf or soil. 


There are also plastic rollers for sale that are quite cheap and just as easy to set up. As long as the plastic is thick and strong, it's a great alternative to steel. Filling the drum is essential for making sure it has the weight required to make the lawn flat. There are some rollers that have adjustable grips on them to make using the tool a lot more comfortable and enjoyable. This can help reduce blisters after a long session of rolling a lawn

Finding the best roller for your needs is not easy - so we’ve tracked down some of the best garden lawn rollers around in our site store. You'll find an extensive range of plastic polyethylene drum rollers, steel drum rollers and tow behind rollers for extra large lawned areas.

We aim to provide all the information you need about garden rollers - from the various types available, choosing the roller that's best for your needs and advice on how to get the best results out of one.

Lawn rollers are extremely heavy and are usually filled with sand or water, so they are excellent at ensuring your lawn is flat and smooth. You’ll get your lawn looking just the way you want it.

There are many gardening tools and devices available for keeping your lawn in prime condition and a lawn roller is one of the most important - there’s no better device than a garden roller for getting your lawn flat and level.. You'll often see a trusty roller near to a cricket pitch when it will be used to get the in-field area flat for bowling.

We also provide plenty of information about a range of other tools to consider buying to keep your lawn looking its best - these include a rotary or drop lawn spreader for dispersing new grass seed and fertiliser evenly, a lawn edger to keep all you edges tidy, an aerator to create air channels in your lawn and a lawn scarifier for removing dead material around the base of grass shoots.

Most rollers are made from top quality materials and built to last - if cared for properly it should serve you well for many years whether you are using it mainly as a seed roller or turf roller. A top quality roller will be made of sturdy material and will stand up well to all weather conditions.

A cheap water or sand-filled roller will cost around £25 to £50 but you can expect to pay quite a bit more for a heavy-duty deluxe steel roller or a tow along model which can be pulled by a ride-on mower or other suitable vehicle.

It’s not essential to roll your lawn every year and some gardening enthusiasts use their rollers more often than others depending on the general composition and condition of their lawns.

A roller really comes into its own when you need to plant new grass seed or an area of your lawn has become tatty and worn and requires re-seeding. It does a great job of pushing new grass seeds into the ground, preventing them from blowing away in the wind and making it hard for birds to eat them before they germinate. .This rolling device will get your seeds bedded into the soil with the minimum of fuss.

It’s crucial for the new seeds to be bedded firmly into the lawn to ensure germination and to stop them being dislodged by the wind or eaten by birds. A roller for your garden - also known as a lawn roller or grass roller - does the job perfectly.

These handy devices also come into their own when you want to lay new turf on a lawn area. The weight of the roller presses the turf sods down firm and help the grass to bed in. 

Banish Unsightly Mounds and Depressions with a Lawn Roller

Many years ago it was traditional for people to tread on newly laid seeds in order to embed them into the lawn - but thankfully we have lawn rollers now which do the job much more effectively.

A roller is a very basic piece of equipment and operates very quietly without electric power, unlike many other noisy garden care devices - including petrol hedge trimmers and chainsaws, wood chippers and ride-on mowers.

Some assembly is required with most rollers, but they are generally pretty simple and easy to set up. All that is required is putting some screws in place and making sure the parts are in the right places. After the assembly is over, the water or sand just needs to be placed inside the large roller drum to make it heavy.

The most common width for a roller is 50 centimetres, although other sizes are available. Many lawn rollers are made from rust-free steel or tough plastic and have rounded edges on the drum to stop the roller gouging into the lawn when it is turned. This type of roller is kind to to your lawn area if the ground is damp or soft.

A 50 cm roller filled with water will weigh around 70kg, but this rises to around 120kg when filled with sand - the additional weight from the sound is great for bedding seeds even further into the lawn. Furthermore, sand will not freeze in the winter months, unlike water.

Some rollers come with a handy scraper bar fitted which removes debris from the roller drum as you are pushing or pulling it across your lawn. This is particularly useful if your grassed area is damp or strewn with leaves.

There are plenty of advantages to be gained from using a roller in your garden. Here's just a few of the key benefits.  

✔  Achieve a Flat & Level Lawn

✔  Easy to Use - No Complicated Controls

✔  Ideal for Bedding In Grass Seeds

✔  Flatten Bumps - Repair Dips & Depressions

✔  Helps Newly Laid Turf Take Root

✔  No Running Costs - No Engine - No Noise

A lawn roller is the best device around for levelling out your lawn and flattening any unsightly mounds of loose soil, mole hills or grass lumps, and of course it’s great for bedding in new turf or sods if that’s the route you’ve gone down for creating a new lawn. Once you own a lawn roller you’ll wonder how you ever got your lawn in tip-top condition before without one.

Most hand-pushed rollers are adjustable, so people of all heights can use these to make their lawn look beautiful.

Keen gardeners spend many hours tending their lawns - ensuring they are properly weeded and kept in prime condition - so a roller really is the ideal device for adding the finishing touch to all your hard effort.

There is going to be a little bit of work required to do get your lawn looking immaculate and level - but a roller will give you the results you want every time. You can create a beautiful lawn with the minimum of hassle with a sand or water-filled device, made of plastic or galvanised steel. 

A push-pull manual roller is ideal for anyone with a small to medium-sized lawn - however, if you have a large garden with an extensive lawn area you may wish to buy a tow behind roller which lets a ride-on mower, mini tractor or other utility vehicle do the hard work, rather than you!


There’s nothing like a smooth and flat lawn for enhancing the overall visual appearance of your garden - and a roller is just what you need to achieve this perfectly manicured look.

Our featured rollers in our site store are very versatile and manoeuvrable so they can quite easily be pushed around trees and walkways. There are different sizes of rollers available and some have larger drums than others. 

We have an extensive range of traditional rollers which are hand-pushed including Haemmerlin, Draper, Handy and Alko rollers, but we also have many ‘tow behind’ rollers, including several from the popular Agri-Fab range.

If you are a serious gardener and take pride in having a well maintained lawn, you really need to consider investing in a lawn roller - it will be money well spent, and your roller will become an invaluable investment, alongside all your other gardening tools and devices.

Garden rollers are sold by many high street and online stores these days including Garden Street, Argos, Machine Mart, Tesco, B&Q, Mow Direct, Amazon, Greenfingers, Keen Gardener, eBay, Suttons Seeds. Dobies, Lawn Mowers UK and Selections.