Lawn Mowing Pattern Tips

Watch any professional baseball game and you may be seeing the most perfect grass you'll ever lay eyes on. Groundskeepers at major league ball parks spend hundreds of hours keeping their grass a deep rich green. To show off this color, many of the groundskeepers have taken to mowing patterns and designs into the grass. You can recreate these designs on your own lawn without having a groundskeeper. The trick is in how you mow.

Shading the Grass

Making shades of darker and lighter green is called creating an optical illusion. The grass really doesn't change color, but the way that the light falls on the blades makes you think that it does. Mowing the lawn causes the grass blades to lie down in the direction in which you are moving. Changing your direction of movement changes the direction that the grass blades lie where you just mowed.


Stripes are the basis for many different lawn patterns. You may want to keep a simple stripe design, or go on to something more elaborate. Begin in one corner of your lawn. Mow in a straight line until you reach the next corner. Turn around on the sidewalk or by tilting the mower up off the grass so that you don't disturb the grass pattern. Mow back in the other direction right next to the first line that you mowed, overlapping about three inches. Turn the same way when you reach the end of the row and continue mowing rows until you mow the entire lawn.


A checkerboard is a more elaborate lawn pattern technique, and one seen quite frequently on major league ball park outfields. Mow your lawn in stripes exactly as in section 2. When the entire lawn has been striped, move your mower to a 90 degree angle and mow stripes in the other directions. If you first mowed up and down, now mow stripes back and forth across.

Harlequin Diamonds

Harlequin diamonds are made much like a checkerboard design. Begin with a basic stripe covering your entire lawn, going up and down. After that is finished, mow a set of stripes across your lawn at a 45 degree angle. You will begin in one corner with a very short stripe and move across the lawn, mowing it into diamonds. The result will be a series of light and dark elongated diamonds.

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