Striping your lawn

Striped and patterned lawn are so impressive.   With a little bit of know how they can also be easily achieved.

The trick is to get the grass blades to bend creating either dark or light lines to produce a stripe or pattern.  Stripes are created when light reflects off the grass.  If the grass is slightly longer it will bend easily, it is much harder to get a good stripe on a shorter mown lawn.

So you just need to decide on your pattern, the possibilities are endless. 

Consider the shape of your lawn.  Will straight lines or wavy curve lines work best for you?   

A mower with a roller at the back is perfect for this job helping to achieve a lovely crisp straight line.  A wheeled rotary mower still works but the stripe will be a little less defined, the results not quite as sharp.  

If the lawn is a square or rectangular shape, start at the edge, using it as a guide to create a straight line, mow up and down and slightly overlap at each turn.

Unusual shapes and circular lawns are a little trickier.  Start at the widest point, once you have made the first stripe follow this straight line for the rest of the lawn.  A good tip is to look ahead rather than straight down.

Vary the direction of the cut from time to time to avoid creating any ruts in your lawn.

Mow around the edge and complete the look by strimming the edges plus any difficult areas that could not be reached by the mower.  

Wear your beautifully striped lawn like a badge of honour and share your creations with us.  Here at So & Mo we love to give you a shout out and share your successes.