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How to create lawn stripes

How to create lawn stripes
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Be the envy of your neighbors with this guide on how to get picture-perfect lawn stripes in your garden. With these tips, you can transform your lawn completely, and add a touch of elegance to the look of your entire home.

You can achieve lawn stripes with one of the best gas lawn mowers or one of the best electric mowers with ease. And if you have lots of outdoor space, you can also get creative with the best rider lawn mowers too, making lawn stripes possible for anyone, no matter how much ground you have to cover.

Lawn care is of importance when it comes to creating stripes, as cutting your lawn too short can mean bald patches start to appear, which is not great for when you want to make stylistic choices. Letting your lawn grow out can encourage pests and mice to move in, so it’s good to keep the trimming to a healthy medium.

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How to create lawn stripes

You can create lawn stripes in your grass by effectively bending the blades of grass in different directions so that sunlight bounces off the grass blades to show stripes. For this reason, certain types of grass make more effective stripes than others. In particular, cool season grasses such as ryegrass and Kentucky Bluegrass will be better for creating a striped lawn. 

That’s not to say you can’t create lawn stripes with a warm season grass, you just won’t be able to achieve lines that are as crisp, this is because warm season grasses aren’t as flexible and bendy. 

The real secret to creating a striped lawn is to cut the grass in different directions and ensure that the grass is cut at even height so that some blades of grass don’t get overshadowed by others. 

How to create lawn stripes

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It’s really important not to cut your grass too short as this will damage the grass and also make the blades of grass more rigid. The longer the grass, the more flexible the blades are. To find the best height for your grass, head to our feature on how to cut your lawn to the best height

Lots of lawn mowers now have built-in rollers that will gently flatten the grass while you mow it, but the main thing to remember is not to leave huge gaps between each time you cut your lawn, and not be tempted to cut it too short!

You can also buy a separate lawn roller to help flatten the grass effectively if your current mower doesn’t have one.

When you start mowing your lawn to create your very first stripe, try to follow and edge or border to keep you in a straight line. It’s also worth remembering to lift the mower blades at the end of your row before turning the mower and starting your next row back in the direction you came from.

Finally, after you’ve achieved some stripes on your lawn for a few weeks, switch up the direction of your stripes to keep the grass bending.

When should you start mowing your lawn?

There isn’t a certain time or date that you short start mowing your lawn after winter. Instead, you should start mowing depending on the length of your grass. It’s best not to mow your lawn until it’s at least two inches high.  

When should you stop mowing your lawn?  

Likewise with starting to mow your lawn in the spring, knowing when to stop mowing your lawn is not bound to a particular day or month on the calendar. Instead, you should stop mowing your lawn when it ceases to grow enough to warrant a cut. Remember never to cut your lawn too short or you will cause damage.