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How to Make Patterns When Cutting Grass

By Victoria Bailey ; Updated September 21, 2017

If you've been to a ballpark, you've seen it: grass grown and mowed into perfect stripes or a checkerboard pattern. Grass striping is not as complicated as it seems. The average homeowner can recreate this pattern in his own lawn. With just a little extra time and effort, you can have a ballpark-quality lawn and be the envy of the neighborhood.

Decide on what pattern you want your lawn to reflect. The striping effect is caused by the light hitting the blades of grass in different ways, depending on which way the blade is laying. Pick good directions for your mower to easily travel over the lawn.

Begin in one corner of the lawn and mow a perfectly straight line until the opposite end of the lawn. Turn around somewhere off the pattern area so that the cutter won't effect the pattern design. Mow the next line exactly next to the first one, in the complete opposite direction.

Continue mowing in this manner until you have finished the entire lawn. Look over the lawn to see if the design is pleasing with stripes. If you decide that you prefer a checkerboard pattern, do the same actions over again, going across the whole lawn instead of up and down.

Make a diamond shaped design by mowing up and down stripes, and then going over the lawn a second time at a 45 degree angle. Alternately, you can simply do all stripes at an angle to the property.

Mow around a tree or other permanent obstacle by mowing in a curve around the tree on the first stripe, then mowing a regular stripe the second pass. The second stripe will cover up the deviation in the first stripe.


Things You Will Need

  • Lawnmower


  • Longer grass will show this pattern much better than short grass.

About the Author


Working in sunny Florida, Anne Baley has been writing professionally since 2009. Her home and lifestyle articles have been seen on Coldwell Banker and Gardening Know How. Baley has published a series of books teaching how to live a frugal life with style and panache.