How to Stripe Your Lawn

 

You Can Stripe yourself

How do you get those beautiful stripes on your lawn that makes the grass look professionally cut? has been one of the most commonly asked questions we get. Like the fields you see in college and professional sports stadiums. Well you’re in luck, because it’s really not too difficult to make stripes in your lawn. Here’s how.

Striped Lawn Cutting

How Striping Works

The effect of stripes you see on your lawn is simply light reflecting off the grass. Grass blades bent towards you look dark, while those bent in the opposite direction look much lighter. To get the blades to bend, you’ll need a striping kit for your mower or ideally a roller. You can buy a striping kit online here.

Lawn Roller

 

Pick a Pattern

 

Before you start to mow your grass, decide on the pattern you would like to create. It may help – especially when doing this the first time – to make a sketch of how the pattern will fit the layout of your lawn. The possibilities are endless, but stripes, checkerboards, and diamonds are the most common patterns.

Chequered Grass Cutting

Watch Where You’re Mowing

Unless you’re purposely creating a wavy pattern, take care to mow in a straight line.Start by going around the edge of the lawn, then mow a parallel strip to a pathway or driveway. To keep mowing straight, look at least 10 feet in front of you while you mow, It’s not uncommon to use a string line for that first line! 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 cut. To create a checkerboard, mow the lawn a second time at 90 degrees to your first mowing.

 

Intensify Your Grass Stripes

Your mowing 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. Go back over your mowing stripes, rolling the grass in the same direction you mowed. You’ll see a huge difference.

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