Updated: Apr 15
Those lush green stripes in the grass. It's the icing on the cake for any even a slight lawn enthusiast. Even very average lawns can look so much more attractive when presented with that Wimbledon striped finish. So how is it achieved?
To bust a couple of early myths - it has very little to do with the height of the grass (it's not being cut at different heights) and it is not painted on!
What do I need for a striped lawn?
A striped lawn requires a mower with a rear-roller. These are well worth a small investment over a four-wheeled machine for how they present your lawn. With the weight of the mower spread across a roller they are actually easier to use in many instances and come without the risk of leaving ruts in your lawn when it is a little softer over winter.
Many lawn proud homeowners use a rotary mower with a rear-roller so still two wheels at the front of the machine. On formal lawns which are very flat, or where a lower height of cut is desired, a cylinder mower may be more applicable with rollers at the front and rear.
Top tips for a striped lawn:
Machine Set your machine at a healthy height of cut of 20-40mm dependent on how level your lawn is. If your mow your lawn very close and it loses colour then the difference between the light and dark stripes isn't going to be as pronounced as you would wish. Keep on the high side if you wish to limit the watering you intend to do. Lawn Health
Stripes improve any lawn in our opinion, but for the best stripes will need a lush, green lawn for the best result. Our Lawn Care Treatment Programme provides the calculated nutrition and lush green that you really want to be working with! Process Pick an object in the distance in order to put down the straightest possible first stripe to work with. Overlap the next mower strip to iron out any slight curve and to be sure you don't miss any grass. When you've worked across the whole lawn, go around the edge last, finishing where you started to be sure you don't run across your hard work after turning your machine off!
Can I make a checker pattern in my lawn? Simple - just cut again at a 90 degree angle! You may need to cut in the first direction twice over to really re-enforce the first stripes before adding to them.
Should I cut the lawn in the same direction all year? No - we would recommend changing your mowing direction either every three cuts or once per month. The reasoning for this being that if the grass is pressed in the same direction it will being to grow that way in time, rather than upright. In a very thick lawn it may take quite a bit of future scarifying to remove stubborn stripes. What if I don't want stripes in my lawn?
That's OK. If you have a rear-roller machine simply head back up the strip you've just cut and repeat. This way all the grass will be pressed in the same direction. This is how cricket wickets are prepared where a striped finish isn't desirable, and on many golf greens.