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Stripes on your Lawn


Ever wondered how you get those picture-perfect stripes on your lovely lawn? It’s easier to achieve than you might think! 

Stripes within the grass are simply due to light reflecting off the grass blades in a certain direction. One row of grass will be facing away from you while the other is facing towards you in a nice, neat fashion making your lawn look impressive. 

It’s good to remember that stripes look better on a lawn that has good lawn care, hasn’t been mown too short and is healthy, with a thick, dense sward. 

How to mow stripes in your lawn…

To achieve the stripe look, you will firstly need a rotary mower with a rear roller or a cylinder mower. 

If it’s difficult to turn your lawn mower at either end of the garden, it’ll be best to first cut around the perimeter. 

Before adding the first stripe, ensure you are at the right angle to the perimeter, use an object as a rough guide; a fence, patio, or path. 

When you add your first stripe, at the end of the row, simply lift the lawn mower around and come back in the opposite direction. Make sure when you add a new stripe, you overlap the previous stripe slightly. This will ensure you do not miss any patches of grass. 

Then sit back and enjoy your masterpiece! We’d love to see your striped lawn!

Top Tips for Lawn Stripes: 

  • You need a healthy lawn - the healthier the lawn, the clearer the stripes will be. 
  • Mow at a higher setting.
  • Never remove more than 1/4 of the grass blade length at any one time.
  • Mow at least once a week.
  • Empty the clippings as often as possible to prevent clogging.
  • Use a strimmer for any bits you can’t mow – edges, corners, closed areas etc. 
  • Only cut the grass when dry. 

The height in which you mow your lawn varies throughout the year, depending on weather conditions and your lawns needs. The height we recommend mowing your lawn is as follows:

  • Spring and Summer – 25mm (1’’) – 50mm (2’’)
  • Dry Weather – 50mm (2’’)
  • Autumn and Winter – 35mm (1.25’’) – 25mm (1’’)

A healthy lawn can survive an occasional close cut, but repeated close mowing can encourage harmful side effects, such as, pests and disease. 

The more often your lawn is mown the better it will look; a thicker, lush lawn with better roots and less weeds. 

For more information, contact your local branch today – click here.


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