Lawn Striping: Behind The Practice

Lawn Striping: Behind The Practice

There is more than one way to care for your lawn. Some people think that lawn care stops once their grass is even and no longer resembles the Amazon rainforest. For those of us with a keen interest in the state of our lawn, lawn care does not stop at a well-mowed lawn. This is where lawn striping comes into play.

What Is Lawn Striping?

Before we go further, we just need to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Lawn striping is a practice in which you can make different patterns on your lawn by the direction in which the blades of grass have been bent. Lawn striping is visible because of the differences in the way the light reflects off of each blade of grass in the pattern.

Lawn Checkerboard

If you have ever seen the playing field of either a soccer or football stadium, you have witnessed the effects of lawn striping: alternating stripes of lighter and darker grass. While your lawn does not have to be as perfect as a stadium, lawn striping does add a certain degree of aesthetic value to your front lawn.

Why Stripe Your Lawn?

Some of you may be wondering what the benefits are to striping your lawn. Primarily, it is done for its good looks. As with most other forms of landscaping, lawn striping helps your house and its surrounding property look refined if it is accomplished tastefully.

Landscaping Striping

The reasons for lawn striping go beyond simple good looks, however, as they also have a practical benefit for your grass. Lawn striping prevents your grass from being undernourished with sunlight. It does this because blades of grass cut in one direction can overshadow each other. This can result in dead blades of grass mixed into your lawn.

How Do You Stripe Your Lawn?

Now that we have discussed what lawn striping is and why it helps to do it, we can get into the details of how you too can do it. It is not as complicated as a process as it may seem at first. All you need to stripe your lawn is a lawn mower and a lawn striping kit which is compatible with your mower.

A lawn striping kit can come in many shapes, sizes and forms, but the most common type we can think of is the traditional roller striping kit. This consists of a grass roller which is attached to the back of your lawn mower to push the blades of grass in the direction that you are moving.

Lawn Striper Attachment

There are many other forms of striping kits, some of which are more complex and feature additional controls, but these tend to be rather pricey. Depending on your budget and your love for landscaping, you may wish to purchase one of these more advanced models, so advanced patterns become less difficult.

Lawn Striping Patterns

Once you have decided to stripe your lawn, it comes time to choose a pattern. There are more patterns than the basic stripes you usually see on sports fields. In fact, you can stripe your lawn in any pattern you want as long as you have the proper amount of skill and dedication. In the past, sports teams have striped their fields in the shape of their logos to commemorate certain events, for example.

Stripes

This is the basic form of lawn striping that you will see most often, and it is also the easiest one to learn. It consists of either vertical or horizontal stripe pattern going from one end of your lawn to the other. This is accomplished by cutting the grass in alternating directions as you go up and down or from side to side.

Checkerboards

Another option you have for lawn striping is a checkerboard pattern, with alternating rectangles or squares. This is a bit of a more advanced technique and requires a bit more knowledge regarding how you use your striping kit, as you will have to alternate directions within the same rows and columns.

Lawn Cherkerboard Pattern

Diamonds

The last common pattern we will be looking at is the diamond pattern. This pattern is usually seen striped into the outfield at baseball parks, but it can also work for your backyard. It is essentially a more advanced and precise version of the checkerboard pattern we just looked at since you have to account for the angles of the diamonds.

Lawn Striping Kit Alternatives

If you don't have a lawn striping kit or a lawn mower which is compatible with one and you would still like to improve the health and looks of your lawn, you still have a few choices. In this section, we will be going over makeshift options for striping your lawn. Keep in mind that most of these will not work as well as a simple lawn striping kit.

Broom

One of the more common options for makeshift lawn striping is the use of a broom after you have cut a row of grass. Simply go over the freshly cut grass with a broom, pushing the stripes you would like into the grass. If done suitably fast, you will find that you can get some decent looking lawn stripes out of it.

Lawn Striping Broom Alternative

Squeegee

Using a squeegee for lawn striping is similar to using a broom in that you can push down the rows of grass you would like striped, but there is one significant difference. The water in a squeegee will weigh down more heavily on the blades of grass, making it more likely that they will stay bent in the direction that you prefer.

Conclusion

Lawn striping basic patterns is nowhere near as hard as it may seem and advanced patterns become just as simple after a good deal of practice. We have tried to make this guide as friendly as possible for beginners and advanced landscapers alike. If you have any questions, you may leave them down in the comments section.

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