Striped lawns are a trick of the light

How to mow lawn stripes

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature -

To get the per­fect striped lawn on a ride-on mower, you take lessons from ice hockey. The ma­chines used to smooth ice use a set pat­tern that trans­lates well to lawns. 1 Mow around the out­side edge of the lawn, cre­at­ing a ‘ frame’. 2 Mow down the mid­dle of the area, then turn to ei­ther of the out­side edges and mow back down that side. 3 Go back to the mid­dle and mow be­side your first pass on the op­po­site side of the out­side edge you mowed in Step 2. 4 Re­peat the pat­tern un­til you fin­ish.

This should leave your lawn look­ing half dark-green, half light-green. In the lighter­look­ing stripe, the grass is bend­ing away from you; where it’s darker, it has been bent to­wards you.

The ef­fect won’t be strong, un­less you use a roller be­hind your mower to ‘bend’ the cut grass. You can buy these, or some keen peo­ple make their own (search Google or Youtube for ex­am­ples). On sports fields, the pat­terns in grass are far more ef­fec­tive, achieved us­ing large reel mow­ers and heavy rollers.

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