How to make a lawn with stripes

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We’ve all seen a classic striped lawn, a suburban picture of perfection. However, did you know that the effect is easier to achieve than you might think?

In this article we explain how to make a lawn with stripes, including the best time to mow the lawn, how to work methodically to create the look, and how to finish with a line all around the edge of the lawn. We’ll also tell you why diagonal or horizontal stripes make the garden look wider, and why a chequered pattern can disguise bare areas in the lawn.

That classic striped lawn effect is easier to achieve than you might think.

  • Stripes look best on a vibrant and healthy lawn that hasn’t been mown too short
  • Invest in a mower with a built in roller
  • Work slowly and methodically changing direction at each pass
  • Finish with a line all around the edge of the lawn
  • Lawn stripes can also be used for optical illusions
  • Diagonal or horizontal lines make the garden look wider
  • Mowing a chequered pattern into the lawn can disguise bare areas

How to make a lawn with stripes

All lawns need mowing, as this is a vital part of keeping the grass healthy and looking its best. Many people love that freshly striped look that gives the perfect finish, and it is a lot more achievable than you may think.

Grass stripes don’t only look great, they can also act as an optical illusion, elongating spaces and drawing the eye away from less attractive parts of the garden.


Firstly, you need to look at your lawn care routine, and ensure you have a healthy lawn to work with.

Due to its general low maintenance and hard-wearing tendencies, grass is often neglected and taken for granted. But it is often a big factor in our gardens, and must be cared for and tended to as much as all the other plants.

To achieve a finished look, the grass must be at its healthiest and strongest.

Moss can be an issue in damp and shady areas, and can quickly spread across a lawn and kill off the grass. The best time to battle this is in the autumn, when you should rake out as much as possible and dispose of it, before laying fresh grass seed.

In late spring and summer, your lawn will need watering and feeding, just like the other plants in the garden. Feeding the grass will encourage vigorous growth and also eliminate weeds, so this must be done at the beginning of the season.

The right tools for the job

You also need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. Of course, the most important piece of equipment you need in lawn maintenance is a lawn mower.

There are different types of mowers available for different types of grass, but for a striped effect, you will need a rotary mower with a rear roller. This roller is what pushes the blades of grass into place, making them catch the light in stripes.

How to mow stripes in your lawn

Start by mowing the edge of the lawn as close as you can manage; use a strimmer for any bits you can’t reach.

Start from the left and work up and down the space using the straight edge as a guideline.

With each turn, line the mower up with the previous stripe and overlap slightly to avoid any gaps.

If you have a round or oddly-shaped lawn, create one stripe in the middle to guide you or work from a focal feature.

Make sure you empty the clippings as often as possible, as any stray clumps will ruin the effect and make the grass look untidy.

It’s vital that you mix up the pattern and direction of the stripes each time you mow though, to avoid ruts in the ground and too much damage to the grass.

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