How to create a cool mowing pattern on your lawn

The cool lawn patterns we know well from baseball stadiums and golf courses can be easily duplicated on residential lawns, too. The secret lies in the direction that the blades are cut during a mowing. The pattern effect is simply light reflection on the blades.

To create the basic stripe pattern on your lawn:

  1. First create your mowing turnaround area by mowing the perimeter of your lawn. This will serve as the area where you’ll change the direction of your mower.
  2. Then mow in opposite directions – diagonally or straight, north/south or east/west. Overlap the stripes slightly.

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To create a plaid/checkerboard pattern:

  1. First create your turnaround area by mowing the perimeter of your lawn. This will serve as the area where you’ll change directions.
  2. Mow straight, north/south or east/west across your entire lawn.
  3. Now mow in the opposite direction of the first mowing.
  4. Enjoy your professional-landscaped look!

To create a boxy pattern:

  1. Mow the perimeter of your lawn.
  2. When you’ve completed the perimeter, turn your mower 90 degrees and mow along the new box.
  3. Repeat until your entire lawn is complete.

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Note: I think this is harder because more turning is involved and it may require your mower to work harder to build momentum each time you turn.

Some people prefer circular patterns or that of their favorite Zamboni driver. Whatever your favorite pattern, I hope you have fun with it.

Other tips to improve the look of your lawn:

  • Remember the importance of sharp mower blades. Dull mower blades tear the blades, rather than cut, resulting in a yellow hue at the tip of the blades. That will destroy the look of your cool pattern! Universal mower blades are not recommended due to safety issues. Make sure you purchase and install the blades specifically designed for your model. has replacement blades, spark plugs, air filters, ignition coils, wheels, maintenance kits and more. Enter your engine model on for a list of products for your model.
  • Water only once weekly, in most parts of the U.S. Keep the water flowing for a lengthy period to allow for deeper saturation. This will result in deeper root growth and a healthier lawn.
  • Let the blades grow. Cut only one third of a grass blade in a single mowing. Keeping the blades at a taller height will provide a plusher, more vibrant green a lawn because grass grows through photosynthesis. More sun, more energy, more growth.

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Happy mowing! Have a wonderful summer!

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