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Anyone who has their own lawn will know how great it looks when tended to, but also how much time and effort it takes to make it that way.
Too many lawns are left to their own devices because their owners don’t have enough time to look after them, which is why high quality lawn tools are very important.
People who want to take their yard to a new level often dream of lawn stripes – they’re professional, they’re immaculate, and they’re much more interesting to look at than a usual lawn.
Having said this, a lot of people are put off by doing this as they fear that it’s going to take much more time and effort to create such an attractive statement garden. However – this couldn’t be further from the truth!
All you need is a lawn mower with striping capabilites to make the grass lay in opposite directions.
While it probably doesn’t take less time than usual mowing, you may be surprised that it won’t take much longer to create stripes as all you have to do is mow back and forth in parallel lines. It’s that easy!
While creating the striped lawn may be easier than expected, finding the best tool for the job can still be difficult thanks to the extensive range of lawn mowers on the market. Lucky for you, that’s where we come in.
We’ve created a list of the top five lawn mowers perfect for the job, along with a buyers guide and a few frequently asked questions to get you ready and set to create your new, amazing lawn!
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Type of Lawn Mower
There are two types of lawn mowers that can create beautiful stripes in your lawn – cylinder mowers and rotary mowers. The former has a front rotary blade which cuts the grass with scissor motions, which is best for lawns that are tended to regularly and therefore have shorter grass. The roller creates the stripes, however it needs to be relatively flat to achieve the best results.
On the other hand, rotary mowers have a rotating blade and a back roller which creates the stripes. They’re typically better at cutting longer grass on uneven surfaces, which makes them more versatile than cylinder mowers. Beware that not all rotary mowers have rollers, so not all of them will create the desired stripes.
Garden Size and Blade Width
These two factors go hand in hand with each other, as the best blade width for your mower is dependent on the size of your lawn. A larger blade width on your mower will allow it to cut more grass each time, which lessens the time needed to complete the task. Smaller gardens can get away with a 30cm cutting width, while larger lawns will need a larger lawn mower of over 40cm.
While not necessary, purchasing a lawn mower with the correct cutting width will significantly lighten your workload. Moreover, it will also give you the width of your stripes. If you want a thinner stripe look go for a lawn mower with a smaller cutting width, and visa versa.
Lawn Mower Power
There are different types of power that can be used to work your lawn mower, including:
Electric: Electric powered motors use cords to keep them running, meaning they’re only suitable for your lawn as long as the cord is as long as your garden. This is usually medium or small sized lawns. They are generally quite quiet and don’t require a lot of maintenance, however they’re not suitable for thick grass.
You can also get cordless electric mowers which means you can use them without worrying about straining the power source. This also allows these mowers to be used on larger lawns, however there’s always the possibility that it will run out of charge mid-mow. This could disrupt your perfect stripe pattern.
Petrol: Petrol mowers tend to be the most powerful mowers and there are no annoying cables to jump over and struggle with, making them great for large lawns. However, they often need much more maintenance than other mowers and petrol is the noisiest power type. They also give off fumes which is not ideal.
Manual: Of course, you can always take all the work on for yourself! These lawn mowers need a strong person to push them around, meaning they’re only really suitable for smaller gardens. You can use them on larger lawns if you want a challenge, but it’d be much easier and less time consuming to choose either an electric or petrol powered lawn mower.
These mowers are said to create the nicest stripes and work best on flat surfaces. They’re also the most affordable of the three types, so it’s worth considering if you’re feeling up to the task.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do lawn stripes last?
You should expect to have to re-mow your lawn around every two weeks to keep it looking in tip top condition. Having said this, you should alternate directions every two weeks so that the grass doesn’t become damaged and permanently flat.
How do you get the perfect line when you mow?
It will be easiest to achieve straight lines if your lawn has a straight edge. This could be a patio next to the lawn, or a straight pathway. Take your lawn mower, put one wheel on the straight edge and begin mowing your lawn, careful to keep the wheel in the same place for the whole length of your lawn.
Once you’ve done the first line you can move your lawn mower over to the next stripes position, placing the wheel in the dent that the previous wheel made when completing the first line. This will act as a ruler and will give you professional looking stripes without any tools.
How do you mow double wide stripes?
This is slightly trickier than single stripes, but once you get the hang of it it’ll be like second nature. First, mow your first stripe in the middle of your garden. Then create a stripe next to this, but then go back up this stripe the opposite way (or the same way as the first stripe). Continue doing this until you’re left with a garden full of double length stripes!
Depending on the size of your garden, you may find yourself getting lost with which way to go to create your double strip. If in doubt, many gardeners remember that ‘white is right’. If you follow the white line back to where you started, you shouldn’t get lost.