Rolling is done to repair the damage to paddocks caused by hooves and it also pushes rocks and stones under the surface of the soil. This ensures an even surface to allow for better maintenance of the paddock, thus making the most of your grazing. It will also help protect your valuable equipment such as a paddock topper from accidental damage.
Rolling is also useful to help ‘firm in’ the soil around the roots of the grass (or new seed, if re-seeding a paddock). However, too much weight will compact the soil, resulting in poorer grass growth. The Logic Ballast Roller can be towed behind any suitable vehicle such as a 4x4 or a small tractor, but ATVs are ideal for the job due to their low ground pressure. This ensures an efficient rolling job with minimal damage to soil structure.
Why do I need one?
Ensuring your paddocks are even helps when maintaining them and rolling can help with this. Particularly after a wet spell, the damage caused by hooves can be considerable and rolling is usually the best way of repairing this. Care must be taken however, to ensure that compaction of the soil does not occur. A Logic ballast roller and ATV are ideal tools for this. The low ground pressure of the ATV prevents any wheel ruts and the high quality roller ensures an even finish.
Water ballast can be added to the roller drum (a maximum total weight of 530kg for 1.5m model or 640kg for 1.8m model) so the weight can be adjusted to suit the ground conditions. The Logic roller has heavy-duty sealed bearings for long life; a 500mm diameter roller for easy towing; and an adjustable rear scraper which keeps the roller surface clean for more even rolling. The heavy wall of the drum means that large rocks won’t damage the roller surface - something that can happen with less robust designs!
Where do I use it?
Paddocks and any grassed area.
How does it work?
The ballast roller will provide the greatest benefit when used at the optimum time - if the paddock is too hard or too soft wait until conditions are better. The objectives are firstly to flatten out the uneven surface and secondly to firm the soil around the roots of the grass to give better root/soil contact. The ground conditions are best when soft but with enough resistance in the soil to not lose the structure altogether. Conversely If the ground is too hard, rolling will have very little effect.