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How do I get good stripes on my lawn?

Oct 5

A well-maintained lawn says a lot about the owner of a property. It's also fun. Although it takes some practice, you will feel satisfied once you are done. For more information about lawn mowing check out, the Cost Guide for Lawn Mowing

Why are stripes so popular?

It is simple. The light reflects off the grass blades and creates stripes. Blades that are bent in your direction will look darker, while blades that are bent in the opposite direction from you will appear lighter. To create the stripes effect, you need to bend the grass blades in opposite directions. This is done by mowing your lawn in the direction that you want the stripes to face. Lawn Worx demonstrates how to mow lawn stripes. Also read out Best Lawn Mowing Styles 

Before you begin

A lawnmower that has a rear roller attachment is required. The roller bends the grass to create the stripes. You should ensure that the blades are sharp and clean. Blunt blades can cause damage to the grass and leave it with a poor finish. You should choose a time when your grass is dry and you are feeling relaxed. You will need to focus if you are making your first attempt at mowing stripes on your lawn. Trimming the lawn edges is important. This is a simple task, but it can make a big difference in the overall effect.


Make a turn strip for yourself

Two widths of the mower should be used to mow the lawn in opposite directions. This will create a border that frames your stripes and allows you to turn around at each end. Pro tip: Make sure to go over the same stripes after you are done.


Use a straight edge

Assuming you're going to mow straight lines. Decide which direction you want them running and then find a straight edge with which to guide yourself. It may not be possible depending on how your lawn is laid out. A path or patio can be a huge help.

No straight edge? This trick works!

Our tip: If your lawn is curvy or not straight enough, this is what we would recommend. Your mower should be at the edge of your lawn. Your gaze should be fixed on an object to the opposite side of the lawn. You might choose a specific plant, a fence post, or a marker to be placed in the hedge. Pick something close to the edge of your lawn so it doesn't get too far.


Your lawn should be mowed at the first spot

Now, start mowing. Keep your eyes on the marker and walk at an even pace. Your body will naturally follow your head so don't turn your head to the left or right. You'll end with a wavy stripe. Continue on until you reach the end. You now have your first stripe. You can take a deep breath and make a new line if it is too bendy or wonky. A wonky line will become more prominent with each cut.

More stripes

The second stripe must be placed beside the first and you must mow in an opposite direction. If the first stripe is from left to right, then the next one must be from right to left. Your challenge this time is to maintain the same width as your neighbors. As a guideline, use the first stripe to mark the beginning of your mowing. Line the mower's front with the edge of each stripe and you are off. Continue mowing the lawn until it is completely mowed.