I'm planning to seed a small lawn section. I've killed all existing vegetation and tilled the soil. I plan to roll (manually with a water filled roller) and level the soil before seeding. Then, broadcast the seed and top dress with 1/4" of compost. My question is should I roll after seeding and top dressing?
Yes yes yes, I've never seen anyone OVERDO rolling a lawn! My only hesitation is what you used to kill vegetation? If it is glyphosate you have to wait a minimum of 3 weeks, I'd go even longer. Rolling is critical for a professional lawn. Good job. Make sure your seed says zero percent weed seed. Do not use peat moss...too acidic and washes away easily. What is your source for compost? Please use a mechanical spreader, never throw seed or fertilizer.