Have you ever wondered why professional landscapers use patterns when mowing estates and golf courses? While the techniques do create a stunning result, there are actually some practical benefits to mowing in a pattern.
Benefits of Lawn-Mowing Patterns
Mowing your grass in a pattern makes the grass healthier. When you create patterns, you cut the grass a little taller than normal. This leaves more of the grass blades to capture the sunlight that is needed for a gorgeous green lawn. Grass that is cut too short is more likely to wither, develop diseases, and succumb to insects. Mowing patterns are also effective ways to hide weeds in your lawn. The pattern attracts your eye more, so you, and your neighbors, overlook these pesky intruders. Lawn patterns promote a healthy root system, too. Taller grass thrives better, so the plant branches out to find more nutrients and water.
Types of Lawn-Mowing Patterns
There are a few different types of lawn-mowing patterns, and each has its own distinct purpose.
- Stripes are the simplest lawn-mowing pattern, and they are used in most residential applications.
- Checkerboard, the most challenging mowing pattern, requires perfectly even lines that form a boxed pattern.
- Criss-cross or diamond is similar to a checkerboard, except that it forms diamond shapes instead of boxes.
- Wave is a striped pattern that follows the terrain to create soft curves.
- The circle pattern is formed with a push mower.
How to Mow a Striped Pattern in Your Lawn
A striped lawn pattern is the easiest to achieve. It may be somewhat challenging with a push mower, but it can be done with some patience. Here are the steps for creating a striped pattern in your lawn:
- Mow around the perimeter of the lawn to create a clean edge for the stripes.
- Follow a straight line from one edge of the perimeter to the opposite end along the inner edge of the perimeter.
- Use a “Y” pattern when turning the mower at the end of each row to reduce damage to the grass.
- As you slowly move across the grass, keep your wheels lined up to the edge of the row that you just mowed.
- After you do all of the rows, go over the perimeter again to clean up any irregularities.
Tips for Making a Clean Striped Pattern in Your Lawn
Part of the aesthetic of a striped lawn pattern is that the grass is bent slightly to reflect sunlight. In order to achieve this, you should perform the mowing pattern when your grass is taller than normal. The type of grass also makes a difference, and the best is one that is cool seasoned. If you have pathways or sidewalks in your landscape design, consider how the striping should be laid out to complement or highlight these features.