Introduction: How to Stripe Your 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!

Step 1: Getting Some Weight

When striping your lawn, the weight of the roller pushes the grass in one direction or the other. Because the blades are leaning opposite directions when you finish, the light reflects off of them differently, hence giving the appearance of stripes. Just like when you vacuum your carpet. Now, I didn't make a roller, for reasons aforementioned, but I decided to just take some weights, and duct tape them to the flap on the back of my lawnmower. If I wasn't so lazy, I would have experimented with different weights, and see how that affected the stripes, or how hard it was to push the mower, but I am, so I just went with what I had laying around.

Step 2: Attach Weight

I made sure that when I taped the weights to the flap, there were no loose ends to get caught up in the blade. (I'm lazy, but not so lazy that I want to see what happens when cast iron meets whirling steel!) I also checked to see if the weights stretched the flap out, making it able to get caught in the blades. In both cases, I was safe. In my next revision, the roller I build will attach to the mower, and roll a few inches behind the flap. Once I was taped up and safe, I got to mowing! The weight will now bend your grass in the direction you mow, giving it that professional "I'm so important that I have to hire a landscaping crew because my time is far to precious to work on the lawn" look. Have fun, and let me know if you come up with some cool designs. I read somewhere that one guy mows it in a diamond pattern, but changes the length for the crosscuts, giving him a 3-d look to his lawn. If anyone does this, please send me some photos!

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muzzemil1 made it!(author)2016-09-06

Annual crop circles for my front yard.

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myrrhmaid made it!(author)2013-10-22

My brother cuts his lawn in checkerboard!

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katerlyn made it!(author)2015-07-09

How does he do checkerboard, I like that! 8-)

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katerlyn made it!(author)2015-07-09

I have recently noticed "lawn striping" and you answered my question perfectly WHY???? :

"I'm so important that I have to hire a landscaping crew because my time is far to precious to work on the lawn" look.

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sysadmn made it!(author)2006-12-11

You can also get a pretty neat effect by setting one side of the mower one notch higher or lower than the other. Obviously, it doesn't work if the back is higher than the front, but then the neighbors will think you've riced up the mower. Especially if it's a Honda. How do I know? I used to live in a neighborhood where lawn was a competitive sport. About half my neighbors were retired men who mowed every other day. One day, at a block party, one guy did this as a prank. His victim couldn't figure out why the lawn didn't look right. He mowed at right angles, and it had a definite three-d pattern. Took him two weeks to figure it out, then he assumed that he must have mis-set it himself.

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ehensel1 made it!(author)2013-10-23

I finally tried this at the end of the summer. Right side set high, left side set low. The lawn had a really cool "flowing waves" kind of effect. Not something I'd want all the time, but interesting nonetheless!

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tinker234 made it!(author)2011-06-19

could i use this to make a robot some how

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mikevanL made it!(author)2009-07-02

If cutting the lawn isn't enough, why not push around an extra ten pounds with that mower. Haha still a great idea though.

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ldunn made it!(author)2011-05-28

yea cos ten poundas is so much more

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eclectro made it!(author)2011-05-28

It's sure to burn the lard off your butt, fatty!

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sf%C3%B6xx made it!(author)2011-04-12

I like the idea.. but being even lazier I just bought an old second hand cylinder mower for a couple of hundred bucks (motorized/self propelled). I did have to sharpen the blades up first though. They are built with big heavy rollers that drive them (no wheels).. which in the process stripe the lawn if you mow in alternate directions of course. Cuts a hell of a lot neater and better than a rotary as well.

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oilpaint2 made it!(author)2008-08-13

Nice lawn but if you do not like mowing it you could landscape or permaculture some of it or all of it and you don't have to mow and you are helping the environment as well.

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Mr.+Brownie made it!(author)2009-06-16

Turn It into a giant garden that the old crazy people have on movies.

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Notbob made it!(author)2008-08-05

Some professional lawn mowers have things like this built in, thats how they get the baseball fields to get the stripes.

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Dr.+No made it!(author)2006-07-30

make crop circle patterns on somebodys lawn when they are away or asleep

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Blenderizer made it!(author)2008-07-27

Asleep? Not for long with a lawnmower out front...lol

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PSPerson made it!(author)2007-01-27

YES crop circles are NICE lol

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thydzik made it!(author)2006-08-28

why not just construct a heavy roller that can be pushed. You can mow the lawn normally making sure everything is even. And then you could go over with the roller not having to worry about the neatness of the grass being cut at the same time.

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The+Porsche+Fan made it!(author)2008-07-26

that's just more effort exerted than needed.

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Biopyro made it!(author)2007-07-26

Just go over the lawn with a broom after you've mowed it.

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The+Porsche+Fan made it!(author)2008-07-26

you're done

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thermoelectric made it!(author)2008-07-17

Smart idea 5/5 rating

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hedgiehog made it!(author)2007-03-31

I'm going to do this to my schools feild and spell my name out in giant letters, or stripe the lawn while my dad isn't looking to make him think he's gone crazy. MUAHAHHAHA

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Tvman made it!(author)2007-08-10

YOU STOLE MY PIC MAN!!!!!!!! THATS JUST FRICKIN COPY CATIN RITE THERE MATE!

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hedgiehog made it!(author)2007-08-10

Oh sorry i got it off the internet, if you care so much i'll change it

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Tvman made it!(author)2007-08-13

naw its ok...i got mine off the internet too lol...i changed it cuz i luv this one so much more :)

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ehensel1 made it!(author)2007-03-31

I never posted this instructable with the intent of vandalism. If I had intended that, I would have told people to get Roundup, and make designs in the lawn. But please, don't do that. That is wrong. Especially if you make sure that you get it by name. Roundup. Wrong.

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wittyhoosier made it!(author)2007-08-02

Ortho GROUND CLEAR. More wrong.

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Tomton made it!(author)2007-05-08

You could rig a piece of PVC filed with lead weights tied to drag behind the mower as you ride, you'll want to use stiff bars to attach the PVC though so it doesn't get caught up in the blades when you turn around.

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HAL+9000 made it!(author)2007-05-03

Wow, that looks very nice, good thinking. ive always wanted to do this, but didnt have a clue how. You mentioned using something other than duct tape. Heres my idea: Use those nylon zip ties. put your weights on the plastic flap where you want them, punch holes above and below both ends (i would use the narrower handle parts) and use a zip tie to affix it to the flap. They wont come off by themselves, but if you want to remove them you can always cut them easily. they also cost no more than a few cents, and if you buy then in a bulk pack theres no end to what you can do with them, they are the most useful little things!!

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ehensel1 made it!(author)2007-05-04

Hal- Great idea with the zip ties! I'll be trying it out this weekend!

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Aqualung1000 made it!(author)2007-04-20

Why not just use a spreader (for fertilizer) and put some lime in it and just run it up every seconf row. I did something years ago- spelled something out on a persons lawn (use your imagination) with lime, when they saw it they immediately tried to wash it away with a hose. In 1 week it was spelled out permanently in the lawn! hahaha

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Ben.land101 made it!(author)2007-04-09

awsome instructable and sweet lawn.

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hedgiehog made it!(author)2007-04-01

it wouldn't be vandalism, and I would most likely be to lazy to actualy do it at my school. But screwing with my dad is still funny.

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bruce86 made it!(author)2007-03-16

You could save yourself the time and just pull the lawnmower backwards to get a different stripe

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SugarTeen52 made it!(author)2007-03-15

Wow, talk about making a dull job fun. Congrats on keeping it simple and not telling people to buy stuff they can't afford!

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Oorspronklikheid made it!(author)2006-12-29

I always wanted to know how its done.

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trebuchet03 made it!(author)2006-07-06

cool... it does not work on my grass (I'm in a hot region and we have St. Augustine grass). Next you should try making a woven pattern :P Put roller on a cam so that it lifts up every 12-18 inches or so... the tricky part would be getting the rows to align just right :P

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Jesus10555 made it!(author)2006-12-21

yeah, I have that shitty grass too. theres a bunch of sand patches, but the grass will grow over eventually.

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trebuchet03 made it!(author)2006-12-22

Yep... just water the sand areas ;) The grass will "find" it and fill in faster ;)

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Jesus10555 made it!(author)2006-12-22

oh, shti, I didnt even think to water the sand and not the grass. Oh my god it makes so much sense, hahahaha thanks

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diy_er_sc made it!(author)2006-07-09

This idea won't work on St. Augustine. Yo need a grass with a thin, tall blade that lays down easily. Fescue or bluegrass will work nicely. Centipede works ok, but not great. Time to re-sod!

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dkfa made it!(author)2006-11-10

use the alian patterns on a lawn but on a big one.i use to live it kasas and had a big,huge yard but we moved and now i have a small yard

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dkfa made it!(author)2006-11-10

the grass keeps on popen up dam it

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Unforgiven_God made it!(author)2006-10-12

hey nice instructable i've always wanted to know how to do this....any thoughts on how to do it with a riding mower?

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mcline made it!(author)2006-08-26

This is really cool.

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Thinkman made it!(author)2006-08-22

Great idea, But why not just purchase a lawn mower that does this kind of work? Maybe just a bit more expensive, but hey your idea works to, I guess!

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MadBeaver made it!(author)2006-08-15

nice. i have a push roller. doesn't have aflap

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Kactapuss made it!(author)2006-08-13

i think its harder in a ride -on lawnmowe unless you have enough space in the perimiter of you grass to make tight enought turns.

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Abstract_Artist made it!(author)2006-08-12

I live in Florida and I too have St. Augustine grass and a ride on lawnmower, I'm gonna have to get some bigger weights and attach something to the back of my lawnmover.

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