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Creating a patterned lawn

Patterning your lawn is not as hard as you may think. As well as making your garden look great it also has the added benefit of being good for your grass. Three different types of pattern we will look at are a simple striped pattern, a checkerboard pattern and a diamond pattern. These types of patters often appear on the lawns at well maintained sports grounds and will give your garden a truly professional look.


One way of patterning your lawn is a process known as lawn striping. This can be used to hide imperfections in your garden such as colouring defects, weeds and bare patches. It can also be used as a highlighting tool to draw attention to your best garden features such as a water sculptures, plants or outdoor patio areas.


One of the easiest lawn patterns to do is a simple lawn stripe. To create a simple striped lawn pattern begin by mowing the edges of your lawn. Start on the left side and mow parallel to the edge of the lawn. Use the edge of the lawn to make sure that you mow in a straight line. When you have reached the end of the lawn and completed a strip, turn the mower 180 degrees so it is facing the complete opposite direction and return in another straight line down the lawn. When turning the mower be sure to use a Y motion in order to prevent scalping from occurring. Make sure that the mower overlaps your previous strip a little in order to stop uncut strips forming.


A checkerboard lawn can be created by following the exact same steps as for a striped lawn. Simply mow your lawn the same as you would for a simple striped lawn but then also mow lengthways as well as long ways. When complete be sure to mow around the perimeter to help maintain a tidy border.


A cross-cross or diamond pattern is achieved by mowing diagonally North West to South East and then in the reverse direction North East to South West. This is after again firstly performing basic vertical lawn striping. Once again follow all the necessary steps making sure to turn the mower 180 degrees and in a Y motion at the end of every strip and ensuring that the mower slightly overlaps the previously mown strip to prevent uncut strips. Going around the perimeter at the end will again help keep your borders in perfect order.


In order to maximise patterned lawn effect be sure to get the best quality surface when you buy turf. At Turf Growers we have quality rolls of turf available to suit all pockets so be sure to see our full collection. Once you have bought turf have a go at patterning your lawn with our simple guide to lawn striping and achieve the professional looking lawn you’ve always dreamed of.

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