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How To Make Lawn Stripes – Our Complete Guide

If you’ve ever looked at your local golf course or football field, you’ve most likely seen those famous lawn stripes which make their lawn look neat and professional and wondered if you could recreate them in your garden. 

Well, the good news is, you can create stripes in your garden with just a few steps by using the process called ‘striping’, which is the effect of mowing your lawn adjacently in different directions to create that striped look. 

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We’ve put together our best guide below that will give you everything you need to know about striping grass and how to do it so you can be a professional and have the best looking lawn in the neighbourhood!

How Does Lawn Striping Work? 

Different Lawn Stripe Patterns

Before we can dig into how to create stripes on your lawn, it’s a good idea to learn how lawn striping works. 

Believe it or not, stripes on your lawn are just a matter of perspective, when you mow your lawn in different directions up and down, this bends the blades of the grass on your lawn in different directions. 

When light shines on the blades of grass which are bent towards you this reflects light seen away from you, giving a dark green and light green effect to the grass, creating patterns and stripes which give that tidy neat effect. 

Before embarking on lawn striping, make sure to check out our guide on how to grow grass quickly.

What You Need To Create Lawn Stripes  

What You Need To Create Lawn Stripes

Creating lawn stripes is pretty simple for anyone to do, but you do need to make sure that you are using a lawnmower that has a roller attachment

The roller attachment on the lawnmower adds weight to the back of the mower, helping you flatten the blades of grass as you mow, cylinder mowers that have a roller tend to be the best for this job, but if you have a mower that does not come with a roller you could always buy a separate kit to attach to your model. 

Alternatively, you can try and create lawn stripes without using a roller by using a garden brush in adjacent lines, but this very time-consuming, you could also try turning your mower off and changing the cutting height settings to allow the deck of the mower to push down and create stripes. 

All is made more simple by using a roller, you should also make sure your grass is long enough and you are using the right species of grass to create these stripes, which we will discuss later on in our guide.

How to Stripe Your Lawn

how to stripe your lawn

Now we know how lawn striping works and what you need, we will discuss how to use your lawnmower with a roller below to create stripes on your lawn. 

You don’t just have to create standard adjacent stripes on your garden, there are also a few other patterns to try out once you get the hang of it such as zig-zag and checkerboard, we will list the steps creating these below.

Different Lawn Stripe Patterns

The Basic Pattern 

First off, let’s start with how to make the basic striped pattern on your lawn, this is the one which you typically see on football fields and gives a professional and neat aesthetic. 

To create a typical stripe pattern in your garden, follow the steps below. 

  • Step One - Mow the entire border of your lawn. 
  • Step Two - Start from one side of your lawn and mow one full straight length with your mower that has the roller attached. 
  • Step Three - Once you reach the end of your lawn, mow a full straight line in the opposite direction. 
  • Step Four - Keep mowing these alternate adjacent lines until you finish the whole area of your lawn, then voila!

Checkerboard Style Pattern

Next up, we have a checkerboard pattern, this pattern is very simple to create if you have already striped your lawn, just follow the steps above, except once finished, mow horizontally in different directions, this will create a checkerboard effect. Always remember to mow the border of your garden first.

How to Make Lawn Stripes

Diamond Style Pattern

Diamond style stripes on your lawn are once again easy to achieve from the previous striped and checkerboard pattern, follow the same steps as the original, except start diagonally, then cross-over, essentially making a diagonal checkerboard pattern which will show as diamond shapes in the grass.

Zig-Zag Pattern

Zig-zag patterns on your lawn are one of the hardest patterns to create, follow the steps above to make a checkerboard template pattern then use these additional steps below to make a zig-zag finish. 

  • Step One - Find a light stripe in the middle of your checkerboard pattern then mow across it diagonally onto a dark stripe.
  • Step Two - Once you are on the dark stripe turn your mower 90-degrees to the right then mow through a light stripe onto the next dark one. 
  • Step Three - Repeat until you have reached the border of your lawn and follow the steps again till you have completed a whole zig-zag pattern.

Tips For Getting The Best Striped Lawn  

How Does Lawn Stripping Work

Creating professional stripes on your lawn is a simple process, but there are some tips and tricks which can help you get the best finish possible, as well as help to make your stripes last for longer on your lawn. 

We have listed our best tips and tricks below for striping your lawn to help you out.

Consider your type of grass 

For the best striping finish, some grass types will hold and retain their striped finish better than others. The best kind of grass type for striping is cold-season grass as it has more water and longer blades, warm-season grass types are harder to stripe with.

Change up the patterns 

Striping your grass with the same pattern all the time can damage it and leave it with dry dead spots, changing the pattern every two weeks can help prevent this and help your grass to stay healthy and green.

Leave your grass longer 

To stripe your lawn, the grass height should be between 2.5-inches and 4, any shorter the blades will be harder to bend and will not last for as long.

Check out our guide in mowing in the rain

Wrapping Up Our Lawn Stripes Guide

Overall, creating professional stripes on your lawn is an easy job as long as you have the best grass type, leave it at a long height and use a decent mower with a roller.

Remember to change the pattern once in a while to help with your lawn health, and you will be on your way to having a professional lush looking lawn stripes all year round!

About the Author Pat Moreno

Pat is our gardening tool expert here at Sumo Gardener. Working for many years as a private and commercial landscaper, Pat has used almost every type of gardening tool there is. Along with a vast knowledge for types of plants and putting together an amazing looking and maintainable garden, Pat developed a passion for gardening tools as he found that using the right tools vastly improved the ease and outcome of any landscaping job he undertook. When spending hours, days or years using a particular tool, you want to make sure you’ve got the best one for the job, and Pat is the right guy to guide us to the best gardening tools.

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