Creating the perfect lawn stripes

With summer just around the corner, lets make your lawn looking the best it can be!

Lawn stripes are a thing of beauty. They make a nice lawn into a beautiful one. However, we always get asked how do we create them? Well, here are our tips for making those perfect lawn stripes.

  • To achieve stripes, you’ll need a mower with a roller
  • Make sure your mower blades are sharp!
  • Mow around the edge of your lawn before and after completing your stripes
  • Change the direction of your stripes  every mow to avoid ruts
  • Empty cuttings regularly to avoid dropping them on your newly striped lawn!

How to mow simple stripes

To achieve the basic stripes, you’ll be mowing up and down in strips.

  1. Mow around the edges first.
  2. Work from the left, mowing the first strip in one direction parallel to the edge of the lawn. Follow the edge of the lawn to ensure a straight line.
  3. When you reach the top of the strip, turn the mower 180° using a ‘Y’ motion to prevent scalping
  4. Return back down the lawn alongside the previous run.
  5. Make sure that the mower overlaps the previous strip a little as this will prevent leaving uncut strips across the lawn.
  6. Repeat until the lawn is completed!

How to mow a checkerboard effect

A slightly more complex design can be achieved with a similar simple routine.

  1. Complete steps 1-5 of the basic stripes
  2. Once the lawn is completed from ‘north to south’, position the mower at the top corner and begin mowing ‘east to west’.
  3. When you reach the top of the strip, turn the mower 180° using a ‘Y’ motion to prevent scalping
  4. Return back down the lawn alongside the previous run.
  5. Make sure that the mower overlaps the previous strip a little as this will prevent leaving uncut strips across the lawn. Repeat until the lawn is completed in one direction.
  6. Going around the perimeter again will ensure a neat and tidy border.

How to acheive diamond or criss-cross pattern

The diamond, or criss-cross, pattern is the same as the checkerboard pattern but diagonal.

  1. Firstly, mow around the edges
  2. Work from the left, mowing the first strip in one direction diagonally to the edge of the lawn.
  3. When you reach the top of the strip, turn the mower 180° using a ‘Y’ motion to prevent scalping
  4. Return back down the lawn alongside the previous run.
  5. Make sure that the mower overlaps the previous strip a little as this will prevent leaving uncut strips across the lawn. Repeat until the lawn is completed in one direction.
  6. Once the lawn is completed from ‘North West to South East’, position the mower at the top corner and begin mowing ‘North East to South West’.
  7. When you reach the top of the strip, turn the mower 180° using a ‘Y’ motion to prevent scalping
  8. Return back down the lawn alongside the previous run. Repeat until the lawn is completed.
  9. Going around the perimeter again will ensure a neat and tidy border.

How to mowing around an obstacle

Stripes may be all well and good in an empty square of grass, but what about the tree or flower bed in the middle of the lawn?

  1. Firstly, mow around the edges.
  2. Work from the left, mowing the first strip in one direction parallel to the edge of the lawn. Follow the edge of the lawn to ensure a straight line.
  3. When you reach the top of the strip, turn the mower 180° using a ‘Y’ motion to prevent scalping
  4. Return back down the lawn alongside the previous run.
  5. Make sure that the mower overlaps the previous strip a little as this will prevent leaving uncut strips across the lawn.
  6. When you reach the obstacle, mow around it so the mowed strip has a ‘bulge’.
  7. Continue to the end of the lawn, complete the ‘Y’ motion turn
  8. When you reach the bulge, mow straight over it to continue the pattern. The grass will flatten in the opposite direction and the stripes will appear as though you have mowed through the obstacle. Continue until the lawn is completed.

These mowing around an obstacle instructions attempt to make the stripes look continuous, but you can always cut around the obstacle and use this as your line to follow, creating some interesting shapes and patterns in the lawn, and accentuating your obstacles – get creative!

For any further advice on achieving a beautiful, healthy lawn, contact your local TruGreen franchise.

via Sussex Living