$1.50 DIY Behind Mower Lawn Striper




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I purchased this house a year ago and have spent the last year getting my lawn back from complete crunchy brown destruction to this thick emerald green.

Now that I have slaved away to get the yard thick and green I figured it was time to show off a bit and dominate the neighbors.

Not to mention it's great for the grass to optimize photosynthesis. But the above statement is more fun so lets go with that!

Step 1: Plugged Up

Got some of these plugs at Lowes for like $1.50

Not so much a step as a bragging right that this is all it cost!

Remember we are going with the domination statement not the it's hood for the grass, even if it is!

Step 2: Remove the Flap

Remove the debris flap on the back of the mower.

Step 3: E6000

Glue the hell out of the plug on one side and wipe off the excess.

Step 4: BB's Bitches!

Fill the flap with BB's.

Step 5: Return Back to Step 3

Glue the other side and let it sit for a minimum of 24 hrs.

Step 6: Reinstall

Now go mow!

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    9 Discussions

    Pernickety Jon

    1 year ago

    If you want to be really kind to your grass, try a cylinder/roller type lawn-mower; they cut the grass, rather than whip the ends off, like a rotary mower does. Even the hand-pushed models work well. Best of all, they do the stripes naturally, without any hacks! (Good looking lawn BTW.)

    1 reply

    1 year ago

    Nice, easy lawn striper hack. How does it handle when you pull backward? Does the flap turn under the mower?

    6 replies
    Withered PerceptionJAMESM466

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    No issues at all. The flap is designed to be pulled in reverse. We simply added weight.


    Reply 1 year ago

    I had the same thought or question in regards to pulling the mower backwards...


    Reply 1 year ago

    I took my flap off because of this, but how does it make stripes?

    Withered Perceptionimcp1024

    Reply 1 year ago

    It pushes the grass over in a directional line after cutting the grass which optimizes the look of the stripe. Each pass lays a different stripe in a different direction. If you have a big enough yard make your stripes 2 passes wide.


    As always the flap goes under the mower. They are designed that way, not that I mow backwards. You could always put a stop block or a metal spar behind the flap to keep it from flipping under if you wanted to prevent it from rolling backwards under the mower.

    All flaps are designed to go under the mower in reverse. but again a simple spar would prevent that if you need it stay behind the mower.

    With that being said to get a proper stripe you shouldn't mow backwards anyways.