As Hixson homeowners everywhere look to enhance the curb-side appeal of their homes, more and more people are beginning to practice the art of lawn striping in TN. Creating a groomed appearance like that seen at major league stadiums, lawn striping enhances the aesthetics of the entire property while adding pleasure and a touch of creativity to the mowing experience.
Consisting of patterns and designs of alternately hued stripes, lawn striping is the surest way to a beautiful lawn. Requiring nothing more than a lawn tractor, garden tractor or riding mower with a free floating mower deck and full-width rollers, the stripes can be created during a standard mowing.
Lawn striping patterns are not caused by the mower or by cutting the grass at different heights, as is commonly thought. It is the use of rollers that creates the design. Patterns are caused by the way the light reflects off the grass. Grass cut with the rollers going away from you looks lighter; grass cut with the rollers coming towards you looks darker.
“While lawn striping is a beautiful addition to any yard, it can also be used to highlight landscaping features or gardens around the home.”, says Troy Blewett, manager of corporate communications for Simplicity Manufacturing, a producer of lawn mowers based in Port Washington Wis. “Among the more popular patterns after just a little practice,” He adds.
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Once you’ve got the right equipment, you can create an eye-catching pattern on your lawn just like the pros do in and around Hixson. To dress up your grass like they do at professional ballparks and golf courses, all you need now is an idea.
A nicely done lawn pattern adds an elegant touch to a well-manicured yard or office complex. And, in addition to being used to dress up your landscape, the aesthetics of a lovely mowed lawn can enhance property value as well.
Mounted at the rear of the mower deck these rollers support the weight of the mower, following the ground’s contours for an even, perfect cut. And it’s the rollers that allow you to complement your yard’s beauty with a striped mowing pattern. Remember, when you mow a light stripe in your lawn and turn around to come back the other way, the stripe that you just mowed will look dark. That’s because you are now at the opposite end of the pattern. It was cut towards you, leaving a dark stripe
Striping is really not as difficult as it seems. After a pass or two, you will start to get the hang of it. And be sure to have fun. Only practice and trial and error will help you learn the best ways to add some pizzazz to your yard. Here’s how to make this happen.
- Always start mowing on a smooth, level area. The size and type of the area to be mowed will determine the best mowing pattern for you to use. Obstructions such as trees, fences and buildings, and conditions such as slopes and grades must also be considered.
- Cut long straight strips that are slightly overlapping. Where ever possible, change the patterns occasionally in order to eliminate matting, graining or a corrugated appearance.
- For a truly professional-looking finished cut, mow across the lawn in one direction, and then recut the lawn by mowing the lawn again, but perpendicular to the previous cut.
- In addition, Weed Man recommends making one or two mowing passes around the outside of the area discharging the grass INTO the lawn to keep the cut grass off fences and walks whenever you can. The remainder of the mowing should be done in the opposite direction so that the clippings are dispersed OUT onto the area of lawn previously cut.
- Obviously, there are a broad range of different mowing patterns for you to consider mowing into your yard. Here are specific guidelines for three of the most common looks.
THE BASIC CHECKERBOARD
This is a great pattern to begin with - it’s easy and looks great on every Hixson lawn. It’s a pattern you’re seen many times on big league ball fields.
- Begin at one side of the lawn and make sis-by-side passes - away and back - moving across to the other side of the lawn, alternating light and dark stripes.
- When making side-by-side passes, be sure to overlap the previous pass a bit with the mowing deck to make sure the grass is completely cut.
- To make the 90-degree crossing stripes in the lawn, make a pass along an edge where your first light and dark stripes end. (If your first stripes went north and south, that means these new stripes will go east and west.) Then, just like you did with your first stripes, make a pass back right next to this most recent cut. Continue making these crossing stripes with side-by-side passes until you have reached the other side of the lawn.
- Now, to finish the checkerboard and enhance the pattern, go back and redo every other stripe of your first passes. Lastly, mow around the outside of the pattern in order to clean up any turn marks and to frame the entire yard in.
A PLAID DESIGN
This pattern is similar to the checkerboard, but now we’re going to space the crossing stripes differently.
- Begin at one side of the lawn and make side-by-side passes all the way across the lawn, just like we discussed with the checkerboard design above. To make the plaid easier to see, we’ve made the first passes across the lawn surface.
- To make the crossing stripes, make four passes side by side: away, back, away and back, again. Now drive out on one of the existing light stripes (remember, lights stripes are going away from you) and come back next to your last return stripe making it twice as wide.
- Continue making the same pattern…. Three more side-by-side passes with a double wide pass until you reach the other side of the lawn. Then, detail the design by retracing every other strip and finish it off by framing in the area. For example, retrace only the light stripes in any one direction. Don’t forget, when going out on a light stripe, when you turn around to look at it from the other side, it will appear dark!
BIG AND SMALL DIAMONDS
This pattern is created by mowing single and double wide lines. Unlike the two previous patterns, the diamonds look best if they don’t cross at 90-degree angle.
- Start by making a pass between two corners of your lawn. Make a return pass right next to it, but now go back out on the original pass and make another pass back next to the first return pass, making it twice as wide. Continue this procedure, one stripe out, two stripes back until you reach the corner of your lawn.
- Do the other side the same way. Begin by heading out on the original corner-to-corner stripe and make two return stripes next to it. Continue this same pattern to the other corner of your lawn.
- To make the crossing stripes, use exactly the same sequence you’ve used thus far. Begin with another long stripe between the other two corners and make two return stripes next to it. Continue to the corner of your lawn. Then, head back out on the center stripe again and do the other half of the lawn. The crossing stripes procedure is identical to your original pattern; it’s just at an angle to your first stripes.
- Now, to complete the diamonds and enhance the pattern, go back and redo the single lines from the very first striping pass you made to begin this pattern. That means you head out on your first corner-to-corner stripe, but now drive around the pattern and make the next single stripe again. You will be making a light stripe, driving around the pattern, skipping the two dark stripes and doing another light stripe. Do this for all the original light stripes across the complete pattern. This helps set the design and gives it more contrast and detail
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