Lawn stripes are simply created by the two-tone contrasting colours of grass laid flat in one direction and again in the opposite direction. When grass is bent away from you, it appears lighter in colour as light reflects off the fatter part of the grass plant. Pushed towards you, the grass looks darker.
To get good lawn stripes you will need a mower with a rear roller. A heavy steel roller will produce a more pronounced stripe than a lighter plastic roller.
- Start by cutting around the edge of the lawn
- Work from one side of your lawn, cutting up and down the length
- Only ever push forward with the mower, this is because it is the direction of the mower (and the roller) that makes the grass bend in different directions thus creating the striped effect.
- Slightly overlap the stripe each time so that you do not have thin strips of uncut grass left between the stripes.
- Cut the edges with a grass trimmer for a neat result
- Sit back and enjoy the view of your beautiful striped lawn, perhaps with a nice cup of tea or cold beer?
Next time you cut your lawn, cut along the same stripes in the same direction as previously to develop a more pronounced lawn stripe.
- There are actually many varieties of grass available and fine ornamental grasses will produce more pronounced stripes in your lawn. These grasses are however delicate and require more care and attention than the common general purpose grasses that make up the majority of lawns.