Grass Cutting Patterns for Your Lawn
Many people mistakenly believe that for the creation of a lawn cutting pattern, it is necessary to sow certain grass varieties of different shades according to a pre-made plan and carefully look after it. However, this is not the case – a design on the lawn is not at all a sign of elitism and quality. It’s quite easy to get on any green lawn when cutting grass.
The effect of different shades is obtained as a result of the trampling of the grass in the opposite directions after cutting. The light streams reflecting from them create a visual perception of green and dark tones. Blades of grass, trampled from the one who looks at them, look lighter, and those trampled toward the viewer look darker. This is due to the fact that in the latter case, light is reflected from a smaller surface area of grass and there is a shadow under the plants.
The contrast is seen most strongly when the sun is located behind the back. But if you look in the opposite direction, then the shades switch: the dark areas become bright, and the light areas become dark. The expressiveness of the pattern is also influenced by the height of the cut. The lower it is, the less the grass is trampled and the less is the difference in reflection of the incident light.
Such a pattern is able to hide the shortcomings of the lawn. In combination with garden sculptures, trees, elegant gazebo, fountain or another decor of the landscape, it will create an especially expressive picture in your garden.
What Is Used to Create Cutting Patterns?
All that is required for work is a bit of fantasy and a riding lawn mower with a device for trampling the grass (the so-called Lawn Striping System). You can use any grass trampling device after the blades cut the grass. Most often special rollers are used.
Removable rollers equal to the blade width are hung when mowing the lawn on powerful self-propelled rotary lawn mowers with a seat or riders.
It is also possible to separately purchase and install a hinged system with a sand roller. It is quite acceptable to use a polypropylene brush or a vertically rigid hard rubber mat. If desired, the trampling structure can be designed independently.
How to Create Cutting Patterns
Here are some tips on how to cut grass patterns:
- Creation of a contrasting geometric pattern on the lawn should begin with a preliminary sketch, which must take into account the size and shape of the allocated area and any obstacles such as trees, flower beds, etc.
- Then, a trimming is made in two passes in any direction along the perimeter of the selected area. In this case, there is no need to trample the grass. This procedure is performed in order to clearly mark the edges of the future pattern and provide a place where you can turn a push mower.
- Ideally, the mowing unit should have the ZTR option (Zero Turn Radius), i.e. the ability to turn to 180 degrees without unnecessary maneuvering.
- Each next strip should overlap the previous one within 2.5–5 cm – this will allow to avoid the appearance of narrow strips of uncut grass and provide a clear distinction between the bands with a dark and light tint.
- In the event that you need to cut a long straight strip to create a pattern, you should cut it using a landmark that is at a distance within sight. This can be any natural or specially installed object located far in the middle of the width of the strip.
- The trees, flowerbeds, or other large landscape decor elements placed on the lawn can be used as an accenting element for a geometric pattern. Or they become obstacles that need to be integrated into the pattern.
- If a mistake was made during the cutting of the strip, then it is necessary to walk along it in the opposite direction to pick up the trampled grass. Borne in mind that relatively small inaccuracies at the initial stage will be aggravated with each new stripe.
- At the final stage, you need to walk around the perimeter of the picture again. Such a finishing frame allows you to remove traces of the turns of the lawn mower or tractor and gives the pattern a finished and neat look.
Main Lawn Mowing Pattern Techniques
Geometric patterns on lawns have been created for a long time. There is even a certain set of basic, so-called classical, patterns with a well-developed technique of cuts.
The straight pattern is considered the best way to mow a lawn. The area for this pattern should be calculated in such a way that the first and last stripes are of the same shade – either light or dark. The extreme bands may even be somewhat narrower or wider than the others. This is due to the fact that the symmetrical pattern looks much more attractive.
If the lawn has an irregular shape, then the first strip is cut in the chosen direction at the widest point. Then the grass is cut in parallel rows by shuttle movement on one part. After that, follow the perimeter again back to the first strip and similarly cut the grass on the other part of the lawn.
A rectangular lawn can be cut the same way – using a central strip in the middle. Or start shuttle movement forward – back from one of the edges.
At the initial stage, the grass is cut as in the previous pattern. After that, the same circuit is repeated but in the perpendicular direction.
Since the contrast is most noticeable when looking along the bands and is least noticeable when looking from the side, the chessboard pattern should be planned in such a way that the main viewing point is located on one of the diagonals.
Diamonds or Criss-Cross Pattern
The creation of such a pattern begins with the cutting of the diagonal strip. Then, in parallel, the second strip in the opposite direction is mowed down. After that, there are two ways: after turning the lawn mower, mow the strip in the same direction as the first one, or go around the perimeter to the beginning of the second line and cut the strip in the same direction. That is, in the first variant, there will be a sequential alternation of dark and light bands, and in the second – two bands of the same shade will be separated by one strip of the other shade.
Alternating the bands in the variant 1 + 1 or 1 + 2, you should move to the corner of the previously cut perimeter. Then go on the other side of the diagonal and in the same way fill the space with stripes, moving to the opposite corner. After that, the second diagonal is cut and parallel to it, the grass is cut off according to a similar algorithm.
To obtain a pattern in the form of contrasting waves, properly mow a lawn first cutting the grass from a straight line in the center. It is the guide for the main undulating strip. In this case, do not make a large number of adjacent bends because they will not be easy to repeat when mowing down subsequent waves.
Filling one half of the plot with the waves, return again to the central strip and repeat the pattern on the other part. After the cut is finished, only wavy lines will be visible, and there will be no trace left of the straight line in the middle.
The creation of this pattern begins with a circle in the central point, which is often the object of any landscape decor. Then the next circular stripes are cut to it with a change of direction of movement. After the mowing is completed, in the turning areas of the lawn mower, when moving from circle to circle, the grass can be milled and trampled in the desired direction by hand.