How to Create Lawn Mowing Patterns
Do It Yourself Lawn Striping
There is no big secret in lawn mowing patterns that make beautiful stripes on your lawn that’ll make your grass look like ballpark turf. Similar to the fields you see in college and professional sports stadiums. Don’t worry because it’s really not too hard to make stripes in your lawn. Here’s how.
The Way Striping Works
Your lawn mowing patterns will create the basic pattern, but the next step is what the professionals do to make their patterns more pronounced. The secret is to bend the grass blades further, and you can do that with a lawn roller. You’ll see a dramatic difference.The effect of stripes you see on a lawn or playing field is simply light reflecting off the grass blades. Blades bent towards you look dark, while those bent the opposite way look lighter. The same effect is seen with normal mowing, and creating patterns just takes it a step further. To get the blades to bend, you’ll need a striping kit for your mower or a roller. You can buy a striping kit online or construct one using a filled PVC pipe, or a door mat attached to the back of the lawn mower.
Before you start, decide on the pattern you want to create. It may help to make a sketch of how the pattern will fit the layout of your lawn. The possibilities are practically endless, but stripes, checkerboards, and diamonds are the most common patterns.
Watch Where You’re Mowing
Unless you’re purposely creating a wavy pattern, take care to mow in a straight line. Start by mowing parallel to a straight sidewalk or driveway. To keep mowing straight, look at least 10 feet in front of you while you mow, rather than at the ground right in front of the mower. When you come to the end of a row, lift the mower deck as you turn, then mow in the opposite direction next to your previous pass. To create a checkerboard, mow the lawn a second time at 90 degrees to your first mowing. Finish by mowing a strip around the edges of the lawn.
Additional Striping Tips
To create a vivid pattern, mow high. Mowing at the highest setting creates softer grass that bends over easily. A shorter grass blade will not bend over as far, and the pattern will not be as noticeable. Raising the mowing height even a half-inch can make a difference. Finally, always mow with a sharp blade for a nice, healthy cut.
Published on June 24th, 2017
Updated on July 4th, 2018
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