Striping a lawn can create a dramatic effect and elevate the lawn to a new level. When people refer to wanting their grass to look like a golf course, they usually mean the look of the striping rather than the health of the turf. Alternating mowing patterns by 90 degrees or 45 degrees adds to the aesthetic and is also good for the grass. Striping is nothing more than pushing the grass down in one direction and then the other, as you mow the lawn.
I don't like mowing my lawn, so I decided if I have to do it, I might as well give myself some enjoyment. I started out with this small project, and figured if my lawn-rolling rig worked, I'd do some cooler patterns next time. One of the reasons the "roller" is so rigged is because I was too lazy to actually make one out of PVC and lead shot, which was my original plan. Now that I know this technique works, I'll probably make one like I had planned. Duct tape tends to come off too easy, but it's also easy to rig things up with it. Have fun with this, and if you can figure out some cool patterns, let me know! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
It is the goal of many lawn owners to achieve that classing lawn mower stripe look. This striped lawn effect although pleasing to the eye is not a sign of a lawns quality. In fact to achieve a neat striped lawn effect is relatively simple if you have chosen the right lawn mower type. Both rotary lawn mowers and cylinder lawn mowers are capable of producing the striped effect.
Light reflecting off of blades of grass bent in different directions create the dark and light patterns. The grass most often is bent down by the pressure applied by rollers attached to the back of a lawn mower. The pros use reel mowers with multiple rollers. Atlanta Braves Field Director Ed Mangan and his staff are responsible for the beauty and health of Turner Field, which sports some very snappy stripes. The real value in striping, says Mangan, is that it encourages healthy grass growth.