Do you ever look at your neighbor’s lawn and wonder how they got it to look so nice? There’s something soothing about looking at a lawn that has different shades of green. Your neighbours might have had a professional mowing company come over to mow it, but the secret is you can actually do it yourself.
If DIY lawn striping is completely new to you, we’ve got some handy tips to help get you started. You’ll be a lawn striping expert in no time.
What is lawn striping?
Lawn striping is defined as a mowing technique where stripes appear due to the way light reflects off the grass blade. It is important that you have a nice, thick lawn to start off with otherwise the stripes won’t appear very well. The key to striping your lawn well is bending the grass blades in opposite directions, which you can do with your mower.
A good mower will get you the best results, and while we can’t promise your lawn will look as good as a professional sports field, you can definitely become the envy of your neighbors with some of our handy DIY lawn striping tips.
Best mowers for lawn striping
Lawn striping can be done even with a lawn mower that you walk behind, but a zero turn mower will give you an even finish. If you’re unsure about how to choose a mower, talk to your local dealer and find out what’s on the market. For second hand mowers you can also check out Facebook groups plus there’s plenty of online marketplaces for lawn mowing enthusiasts.
Lawn striping kits and where to buy them
Lawn striping kits will give your yard a professional, clean appearance. The best stripes are created with mowers that are equipped with rollers or a striping kit. Lawn striping promotes healthy grass growth and kits will allow you to stripe your lawn in a variety of patterns.
You can get lawn striping kits from your local dealer or online. If you are buying online, read some reviews of what customers have said to find the best product to suit your lawn. Here’s a good lawn striping kit below:
- Assembled dimension: 13 in. w x 16.50 in. d x 24 in. h
- Use with or without bagger attachment
- Roller easily removes for storage or areas where striping is not desired
- Easy assembly with just a phillips screwdriver
- Requires 16-20 lbs. of dry sand not included
How to look after your lawn after striping it
It is important to look after your lawn after striping it. Below are some tips to help you:
1. Avoid Unsightly Stripes
Stripes will disappear quite rapidly during the mowing season so you will have to put some effort into keeping those stripes visible. Check on it every few days to see if your stripes are disappearing.
2. Be patient
Rushing to get lawn striping done could mean you miss a few spots, so take your time as you lawn stripe. The advantage if you’re doing this with a zero turn mower is that you’re less likely to miss spots and get a consistent cut lawn.
3. Water Regularly
It is important that your lawn is receiving the right amount of water, but make sure not to overwater. Regulate your watering according to how much rain you’re receiving.
4. Creating DIY Lawn Stripes
You want to roll the lawn mower in the same pattern which you mowed the grass to get the stripes you desire. Make sure you mow nice and straight otherwise you’ll get wonky stripes.
It’s wise to use a landmark as it can make the process easier for you. Turn the mower to the outside edge of the lawn and align your mower adjacent to the straight line you just created.
Create the next stripe. Keep going until you’ve done the whole lawn. To make your stripes stand out even more, go over them with the roller several times to push the grass right now.
5. Benefits of Lawn Striping
Lawn mowing patterns can keep the dead spots at bay. Plus, you don’t want to leave tire tracks across your lawn so create patterns to avoid this. If there are weeds growing in your yard then striping can give the illusion of a perfect lawn.
Lawn striping can also maintain the airflow of the grass. Try to maintain the lawn and go over them if they need a touch up.
DIY lawn striping not only makes your lawn look clean and professional but it also keeps the grass healthy. It is important to use the best mower to get the best lawn stripes.
As a beginner, start off by mowing basic patterns and then work your way up to diamond striping or checkerboard. Do some research into good lawn striping kits to achieve the best striping.
If you are still unsure, talk to a groundskeeper or neighbor who has attempted lawn striping before or watch some YouTube videos. Make sure you have the time to maintain your lawn stripes otherwise they’ll disappear and you’ll have to start again.
Rob Shearer is the National Sales & Marketing Manager for SCAG Australia, who travels around Australia visiting dealers and attending field days to understand trends in each region of the country. He also conducts demonstrations for fleet buyers and government departments.