It's hard not to admire and appreciate the mowing patterns at your local professional baseball field or at other professionally cared-for lawns. Fortunately, without hiring weekly landscapers, you too can have a cool-looking lawn. One of the easiest and the most popular mowing patterns is the checkerboard pattern, which also hides many lawn imperfections. You don't have to cut a pattern by mowing at differing heights -- although that can be done. Instead, you can cut in different directions.
Set up string if necessary to help you keep a straight line, especially for your first row. Your first row should be at the edge of your lawn longest in length.
Cut the first strip of grass and turn 180 degrees and cut the next strip. Repeat until you are done with your yard. According to the University of Rhode Island, grass should be cut to 2 to 3 inches tall.
Cut your lawn in the other direction (90 degrees) so that you are cutting strips perpendicular to the way you did in Step 2. You will be going over the lawn a second time, but in the other direction.