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How to stripe a lawn

Lawn Care Tips | Posted on May 15, 2019 at 10:48 am by

When customers buy a new turf lawn they often ask us how to stripe a lawn, and whether it’s anything to do with the direction you lay turf.

In fact it is not the direction of the turves that matters, nor is it achieved by using different types of grass in each stripe, but to stripe a lawn you just need to mow it correctly.

Once your grass is at a good length, mow it in alternating directions and you should end up with a striped effect.

But if you want to know how to stripe a lawn for the strongest visual effect, here are a few more things to keep in mind.


Lawnmower rollers

Using a lawnmower with a rear roller will give you a stronger striped effect. The roller flattens the blades of grass in the direction of the lawnmower.

By alternating the direction that the blades are flattened in, the light reflects off of them differently, like the nap of a soft cloth like velvet.

This enhances the visual effect achieved by mowing alone, and lawnmower rollers are the main way to achieve a more professional striped lawn effect.


Blade length

The length of the blades of grass also affects how strong the striping effect looks, and you might be surprised to learn that longer blades can have a stronger effect.

By mowing with your lawnmower deck set higher above ground level, you leave longer blades of cut grass in place, and that means when the roller passes over them, there’s more of a difference between looking in the direction of the flattened blades compared with viewing them end-on.

Again, this means the optical effect caused by how the light reflects is much more pronounced, which is why it’s often easier to get a professional-looking striped lawn by letting your grass grow longer.


Don’t damage it

Last but certainly not least, if you want to maintain a striped lawn effect for a long time, don’t always flatten the blades of grass in the same direction.

At the very least, you should reverse the direction of your stripes every so often, so the blades are flattened in the opposite direction.

You might also want to change the pattern, for example using horizontal stripes instead of vertical, changing the width of your stripes, or going for a diamond or checker board pattern.

All of this gives the individual blades of grass chance to recover instead of repeatedly exposing them to the stress of being mown and rolled in the same direction, which can lead to less healthy and uniform growth. Once you’ve got your designer striped lawn down to a T, check out our other garden design ideas.


Best turf for striped lawns

If you’re planning to stripe your lawn regularly, our Gold Standard turf offers rapid shoot recovery and is ultra hard-wearing under reasonably heavy foot traffic too. Find out about getting a turf delivery by speaking to our team.

By choosing a durable turf you create a lawn that can withstand the rigours of being striped regularly over a prolonged period, and that gives you the best chance of achieving the visual effect you hoped for over the long term.