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How Do I Mow Stripes in My Lawn?

We’ve all seen them and we’ve all wondered: <em>How do lawns get those cool-lookin' stripes?</em></br></br>That, dear friends, is called lawn striping and it doesn’t require a <a title="Lawn Mowers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/tools/outdoor-power-equipment/lawn-mowers/" target="_blank">special lawnmower</a> to do it. It doesn’t require special grass, either, aside from it being green and kind of lengthy (although certain types may work better).</br></br>So, how do you stripe a lawn?</br></br><strong>Plan Your Pattern</strong></br></br>If you’re a first-timer, you’ll definitely want to sit down with a pad and paper to sketch out your lawn-striping plan. It doesn’t have to be a work of art; you just want to avoid the whole “mow yourself into a corner” scenario.</br></br>Start with a simple pattern and see how it goes. If you feel it was too easy when you’re done, just wait two weeks and you can try something harder.</br></br><strong>Striping Kits vs. Rollers</strong></br></br>A striping kit is really nothing more than a mini <a title="Lawn Rollers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/tools/lawn-garden/lawn-rollers/" target="_blank">lawn roller</a> that fits directly onto the back of your lawnmower so you don’t have to roll your stripes again after you mow. That’s not to say it isn’t useful – it’s just not that complicated.</br></br>The benefits to using a striping kit are clear: You mow once and you’re done. The thing is, though, you may not get the intense contrast you’re looking for in your striping and may end up going over it again with a roller, anyway.</br></br><strong>Ideal Grass Length &amp; Type</strong></br></br>You have to let grass get a bit long before you can stripe (bend) it, and you want to mow at a high blade height to cultivate softer, bendier grass. Experts quote a length between 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 inches, but it’s also going to depend on the grass.</br></br>There is no perfect type of grass, and most grasses can be striped if they’re long enough, but cool-season grasses (found largely in the upper half of the country) like fescue, ryegrass and bluegrass stripe the best.</br></br><strong>Tips &amp; Tricks</strong></br></br>1. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mow Straight:</span> Use a guideline (your property line, the sidewalk, etc.) to start your pattern.</br>2. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Manage Obstacles:</span> Include obstacles in your pattern plan; when they come up mow around and then mow over the “hump” on the following pass.</br>3. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Slow Your Roll:</span> Take time rolling, and roll even if you use a striping kit to create dramatic stripes.</br></br>Use these tips – or ask your <a title="Find a Local Lawn &amp; Services Pro " href="https://porch.com/local/lawn-&amp;-garden-services?tid=social_atgstores_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~" target="_blank">local lawn and garden services pro from Porch.com</a> to use them – and the next thing you know the neighbors will be lined up at the edge of your lawn, waiting for the opening pitch.
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