Dirt packers, often called lawn rollers, help to compact soil to ensure your yard stays level. For smaller projects such as small yards or flowerbeds, you can make your own lawn packer out of a 5-gallon bucket just as long as that bucket has a sealable lid on it. The main advantage of a lawn roller is weight. Many rollers use water for weight. However, since you will use a smaller 5-gallon bucket, for this task you will use cement.
Fill a wheelbarrow with a single bag of quick drying cement and then add the specified amount of water listed on the packaging. The amount of water will differ per brand and cement type.
Mix the cement thoroughly with a spade shovel or with a mixing trowel until all of the cement powder is wet.
Fill the bucket to the brim with the cement mixture and allow 72-hours drying time. Do not place the lid onto the bucket during this drying time.
Place the lid on the bucket and place it on its side. Roll the bucket over the dirt to create a uniform ground. Lift the bucket up by its handle and drop the base of the bucket onto the dirt surface for heavier dirt compacting.