Lawn Striping and Lawn Patterns

The following explains how lawn striping works and what can be done to increase the lawn-striping effect.

The “stripes” that you see on a lawn or athletic field are caused by light reflecting off the blades of grass. They have not been cut at different heights nor are there two different breeds of grass. The “stripes” are made by bending the blades of grass in different directions.

Basic Lawn Stripes

Begin by mowing the perimeter around the property. Next, mow in opposing directions through the remaining property. Take care when turning at the end of each row to prevent turf damage.

CHECKERBOARD OR DIAMOND LAWN STRIPES

Begin by mowing the perimeter around the property. Next, mow in opposing directions through the remaining portion of the property. Take care when turning at the end of each row to prevent turf damage.

ZIG-ZAG LAWN STRIPES

Start by completing the DIAGONAL or CHECKERBOARD pattern listed above. Select a “light” stripe towards the center of the checkerboard area. Travel across one of the intersecting “dark” stripes and onto the next “light stripe. Carefully turn the mower, while on the “light” stripe 90 degrees to the right. Move forward, across the next “dark” stripe, onto the “light” stripe and carefully turn the mower 90 degrees to the left. Keep repeating this as you move across the area. Repeat.

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