Introduction: Lawn Striper

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This will show you how to stripe your yard like the professionals, and you'll save $100!

Step 1: Gather

1. pvc pipe 3" thick and the width of the back wheels or slightly smaller.(see picture)

2. 3/4" thick plywood

3. 2 "eye" hooks big enough for 2 plastic ties to go through.

4. Several long plastic ties

5. drill

6. screwdriver

7. 3" hole saw (optional)

8. Gravel or sand.

Step 2: Cut the Pipe to Length

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After cutting the pipe to length, cut the 2 end caps out of 3/4" plywood with a hole saw,jigsaw or band saw, unless you want to buy 2 pvc endcaps.

Step 3: Mount the Hooks

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measure the distance between the 2 places you will be tying the striper to on the mower and drill 2 holes that distance apart on the pipe. Make sure the holes are slightly thinner than the screw part on the hooks.

Step 4: Fill It

screw one plywood cap or pvc cap to the one end of the pipe and fill it with gravel, sand, or anything that will give the pipe plenty of weight. Next, screw on the other plywood or pvc cap.

Step 5: Tie It On

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Now you should be ready to tie it on.
You will need 2 very long plastic ties or some wire.
Keep it about 1 or 2 inches above the ground, and be careful not to tie it to close to the wheels so that you run over it when you back up. You may need to tie it back with something to prevent this (see picture).

Step 6: Mow!

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Now you are ready to begin.
If you start from the road and drive toward the house it will make a light stripe and when you come back you will make a dark stripe. Be Creative. If you go over your yard going front to back and then go over it again going left and right, it will make squares, or diamonds. (see faintly in the picture).


AaronA71 (author)2016-06-10

thx for the inst. does anyone know how to make a zero turn cut better? engine runs fine, blades are sharp... just not getting a good cut. if so, could u plz make an inst on that? Thx

louisw (author)2010-07-11

thanks for your inst. i was at a farm supply getting a piece of belting (available in widths starting at 4", i was getting 6" X 3') and the guy asked if I was making a stripper. seems here they just add that behind the deck to stripe. This belting is bullet proof.

katerlyn (author)louisw2015-07-11

Thanks for that tip to both of you!

JoelSternke made it! (author)2014-07-10

This worked great! I had to make an extension to attach to my hitch to extend it behind my wheels. I used a 4" pvc pipe instead and filled it with sand so it would be heavier. I also made mine to actually drag on the ground rather than hover above it. A couple tips I have is to mow the same direction every time and cut your lawn long. My mower is set at 4". After a few mowings, the effect will be even more dramatic.

darrian (author)2014-06-15

it work's great.

MomOf3Es (author)2012-04-24

Very cool! I've always wondered how they did that! Thanks

gawenski (author)2012-03-18

And what is the point of striping a lawn again??

The Last Gunslinger26 (author)2010-05-04

Can this be adapted for a walk behind mower

only if you mow tall and use a heavy stick/pipe/whatever with it.

Yeah but the effect isn't as dramatic because a push mower is much closer to the ground. You will have to hike it up a wee bit and do everything the same for your push mower. You could also always mount this on a broom stick and do it by hand.

holsteincowsgotmilk (author)2008-05-13

If you would own a simplicity mower instead of a deere, you wouldnt have to make this. simplicity's have full width deck rollers built right on them.

cmd (author)holsteincowsgotmilk2008-05-13

Yeah buy a Simplicity instead of a real mower???

MsJaxFla (author)cmd2011-03-13

Go Green!!! Get rid of all that grass!!!! (grin) We here in Florida are trying to use less water and go green and natural. Plant only local plants, tolerant of your growing conditions. You don't need all that grass to mow.

mcovill (author)2010-07-11

I always wondered how they did that. Thanks for the great tip.

Reble_45 (author)2010-07-11

I've done this in the past, with good results. Someone else mentioned it, but I'll hit it again, make sure to alternate the cut for each mowing, Mow front to back one session, then the next side to side, the next sideways, the next front to back, and so on and so forth. Heck, get creative, I've done spiral cuts before, and those look pretty sweet from time to time, keeps the neighbors guessing, thats for sure. but I always just used a push mower, and the effect was visible. Not sure you really need the bar. I also agree that incorporating a mechanism for the weighted bar to raise and lower it is a good idea as well. Perhaps and old throttle cable would work well? I guess it really depends on the weight of your bar, and the way it would be adjusted. Thoughts anyone?

Simmons (author)2010-07-11

That's awesome and so simple! I think I will surprise my old man next I mow the lawn

cjbjetz (author)2008-08-06

here in northern illinois there are so many landscape companies that every third truck you see has a lawnmower on it, none of the landscapers here use stripers on their mowers they just get the lawn cut and get on to their next job. The mowers leave a nice even stripe from the direction they were moving while they were cutting the lawn

chrwei (author)cjbjetz2010-07-11

higher end mowers have a metal bar or roller at the back of the blade deck which gives the same effect but has practical purpose too... keeping the large deck level.

folky15 (author)2007-07-13

Love the Windmill and the kissing Dutch couple! If ya ain't Dutch, then ya ain't much!

H1T4TCH1 (author)folky152010-06-15

xD kissing dutch people? we don't kiss that much! but the windmills are true :P

rayfalcon (author)folky152009-02-05

can you use concrete or quickcrete in the bar and how about welding a handle and aparatus for lifting the unit up and down instead of just "zip tying it on " which could get any by standers hurt or maybe even hurt your mower

Father Christmas (author)2009-06-21

To be voiced by Billy Mays; "And now your lawn can have that freshly vacuumed look!"


ROFLMAO "Billy Mays here with another fantastic product! The Lawn Striper!"

46659706 (author)2009-07-13

re piola

rockybob300 (author)2009-06-25

Check out mine, I made a little trailer hitch to attach it to my type of tractor.

Tyrone123 (author)rockybob3002009-06-28

how far is that off the ground?

rockybob300 (author)Tyrone1232009-06-29

Its 3/4" off the ground.

olivierdemontpellier (author)2009-06-25

my lawn is perfect without kind of efforts, without using any fuel, i share a sheep with a friend , during 7 months ( a sheep cost 85 $, we need to keep it more than 6 months to be " an official sheep riser " and have to have the right to eat it )

Katarukito (author)2009-06-22

o.O We hire people to mow our lawn for us .. doesn't look like this though.

Foxtrot70 (author)2009-06-22

Aside from the massive waste of fuel... looks great! How do you mark the lanes? I guess you just eyeball it?

ScubaSteve (author)2009-06-18

Dosent it have to be wider than the cutting deck? because the cutting deck on our mower is weder than the wheelbase

testingthelimits (author)2009-06-17

about how much weight did you put in the roller?

wenpherd (author)2009-06-17

thats cool!

JellyWoo (author)2009-06-16

what's the point?

tagzisninja (author)JellyWoo2009-06-16

To get that baseball diamond look.

souske25 (author)2009-06-15

i am soooo gunna make my yard with a baseball diamond pattern

insomartin (author)2008-08-31

Thanks! i used a 3$ laser pointer to guide me my lawn looks great now. nice lawn mower!

nibbler125 (author)2008-08-31

id try it but my lawn is dead beacuse we havent had any rain in a long time :( and im not makin no money beacuse i mow the lawn for an allowance

Marlock1 (author)2008-08-20

Our old mower's blades did not reach the wheels which were mounted outside the ... hull. So to get a clean smooth lawn you would overlap the previous lane. If you ran the wheels on top the previous wheel marks, it left an un-cut row/strip which would pop up later making it look "striped" . I always mowed so that the tufts looked like stripes from the window Mom used to check on whether the yard needed mowing yet. The stripes made it look like it was mowed fairly recently... :)

chattypatty (author)2008-03-29

This is great! Thanks 4 the direxs-gonna build one. Hey, Turf Wars r REAL in the suburbs....I want the coolest yard on the block, this will do it.Plus I have nothing to do between the hours of 4am till 6am.

cas6767 (author)chattypatty2008-07-20

If you really wanna win the turf wars stop mowing your lawn altogether. That 'll teach em. Or just plant bamboo.

Aerospaced (author)2007-11-04

Oh good grief! The effect is achieved using ANY mower! It's called bi-lateral cutting. You go one direction then the other. You can even get a checkerboard pattern by starting with the two stripes at a higher deck setting then mowing the intersecting lines at the next lower setting. If you put some real thought into it, you can make logos and other patterns too See American Landscape contractors Association (ALCA)for more.

cmd (author)Aerospaced2008-05-13

Yeah, I guess some people actually think I did this because it didn't make stripes without it. I actually made this because even tho all mowers make stripes they do not look as even and distinct as they do with a roller or a drag. That's why the pros use them.

mje (author)2007-05-16

I'm puzzled; when pros use ganged reel mowers, the rollers on the mowers leave a pattern like this, but why would you want to make it look like this if you were using a rotary mower? I thought the striping took away from the natural look of a well-kept lawn.

diko day (author)mje2007-07-27

Lawn stripes that are gone over too many times can be distracting and unsightly. But does a "well kept" lawn really look natural at all?

spylock (author)diko day2008-02-23

Youre right,who needs stripes,not this country boy.

cmd (author)mje2007-05-16

Ganged reel mowers are best for cutting short grass and not good for mowing around stuff. They work best for big open spaces.

deansep (author)2007-05-16

Why did you post the same picture twice? In my opinion thats just LAME!!!!

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