Anyone who has their own lawn will know how great it looks when tended to, but also how much time and effort it takes to make it that way.
Too many lawns are left to their own devices because their owners don’t have enough time to look after them, which is why high quality lawn tools are very important.
People who want to take their yard to a new level often dream of lawn stripes – they’re professional, they’re immaculate, and they’re much more interesting to look at than a usual lawn.
Having said this, a lot of people are put off by doing this as they fear that it’s going to take much more time and effort to create such an attractive statement garden. However – this couldn’t be further from the truth!
All you need is a lawn mower with striping capabilites to make the grass lay in opposite directions.
While it probably doesn’t take less time than usual mowing, you may be surprised that it won’t take much longer to create stripes as all you have to do is mow back and forth in parallel lines. It’s that easy!
While creating the striped lawn may be easier than expected, finding the best tool for the job can still be difficult thanks to the extensive range of lawn mowers on the market. Lucky for you, that’s where we come in.
We’ve created a list of the top five lawn mowers perfect for the job, along with a buyers guide and a few frequently asked questions to get you ready and set to create your new, amazing lawn!
Bosch is a household name thanks to their expert designs and manufacturing of home appliances. Luckily for avid gardeners, they also make a lot of garden appliances too, including their highly regarded Rotak lawn mower line.
This small but mighty model has a cutting width of 34cm, making it perfect for small to medium sized gardens. Bosch suggests that you can even mow one tennis court with this model, so if you’re up for a challenge – go ahead!
Powered by a 1300 watt motor, you can use this model in far from optimal settings such as after a long rain shower. This also makes light work of a neglected, long grassed garden. The grass combs keep the cut from the steel blade close to the ground and ensure no spots are missed.
This is particularly helpful when striping your lawn as it’s much harder to rectify a mistake when creating stripes than it is when just simply mowing a lawn.
The handle can be folded twice making this mower easy to store in compact spaces. Moreover, the grass box is stackable which also keeps the space taken up to a minimum, too.
Many testimonies stating how people love their evenly striped lawns.
Two year warranty.
Can mow lawns up to the size of a tennis pitch.
Corded design which may become inconvenient for the user. Some found it difficult to assemble.
Flymo’s rotary lawn mower has a 32cm cutting width thanks to the wide metal blade, making this model optimal for small gardens. You can adjust how high you want the mower to cut the grass, choosing from three options ranging from 2cm to 6cm. Another electric lawn mower, this is also corded to keep the cord in sight when striping your lawn to prevent a severed wire.
Don’t let the small exterior deter you from Flymo’s mower – it’s still powered by 1200 watts. This strives to give your lawn a smooth and even cut so you don’t have to go over it multiple times. This will also increase the time that you can leave it before re-mowing it.
There are a lot of interesting and beneficial features that come with this mower, such as the 29 litre grass box to prevent you having to keep stopping to empty the compartment. This is very important when striping your lawn as if you stop mid stripe, you may find that it ends curved because you it wasn’t created in one swift motion.
This grass box also includes a clear window so you can see when it needs emptying. This is helpful as you can determine whether you should empty it at the start of each stripe or not. You’ll find that it’s much more beneficial to get great stripes when you empty the grass box at the start of stripes rather than midway through.
Unlike the lawn mowers we’ve previously looked at, this is actually a manual model. Moreover, it is a cylinder mower which allows a more scissor-like cut of each blade of grass. This gives the grass a blunt cut rather than tearing the blades, causing less stress to your lawn. Reducing the stress that mowing causes can keep your garden in top form and prevent dried patches.
The blades are made from hardened steel which is both high quality and durable, leaving you with an even cut lawn every time. This model is made for small lawns up to 200 square meters. With a cutting width of 40cm, you’ll get perfect sized stripes without having to create too many.
Without a heavy power source to haul around the whole time you’re mowing, you’ll find it an easy experience with almost no noise pollution. Moreover, you won’t experience any fumes or harsh chemicals coming out of the mower which is better for the environment.
Thanks to the small frame which can be holded in on itself, it is super simple to store and is perfect for people who don’t have a lot of garden space. It’s also very easy to clean thanks to the non-stick coated blades.
Four different grass heights to choose from.
Only weighs 8.9kg.
Can be folded to save your garden or shed space
The handle is not made of the most sturdy materials.
Another Rotak on the list, Bosch has designed their electric lawn mower to be assembled without any tools, so it couldn’t be easier to set up and use. The quick click system allows you to take it apart whenever you desire, ensuring simple storing for people with minimal shed space. Don’t worry about using this mower under difficult circumstances, Bosch created a heavy duty machine.
The innovative integrated roller allows you to mow your lawn in both directions and therefore create the stripes you desire. The steel blade is 43cm, meaning you’ll get a great sized stripe which is both even and accurate.
The cordless design allows you to mow your lawn without having to worry about pesky wires, and the battery can be charged fully in 140 minutes, or up to 80 percent in 70 minutes. You won’t be waiting around all day to get enough charge with this model!
Bosch has included ergonomic handles that keep you comfortable while mowing even the largest of gardens. This is incredibly beneficial for striping your lawn as you’ll need a comfortable mower to be able to position it correctly and repeat the process over and over again.
Our final Bosch item on this list is actually a manual lawn mower which means all the power comes from the gardener. Who doesn’t love a little workout in the glorious sunshine? The cylinder roller includes five blades for great effectiveness and even cuttings, and the rear roller allows you to make divine stripes all along your lawn.
What’s perhaps the most beneficial feature of a manual lawn mower is how lightweight it is able to be. This mower is a mere 7kg. Suddenly you’re not pushing around a heavy petrol engine or battery, giving your arms a break. However, this potentially gives you more allowance to stray off course and leave you with curved stripes, so you may have to put in extra effort to keep them straight.
This lawn mower will be most effective on a small garden to ensure your stripes are even. Cylinder mowers are actually considered better for gardens as they tend not to cause as much stress to the grass as rotary mowers. They’ll cut the grass in a more scissor-like motion, leaving each blade with a straight edge rather than a ripped edge.
A large 25 litre grass box is included. This is larger than the norm for manual lawn mowers on the market, meaning this is a much more effective model and allows you to spend more time mowing before you have to stop to empty the box. This is beneficial for stripes as you don’t want to have to empty the grass midway through a stripe.
Lightweight at only 7kg.
Scissor-like cuts rather than ripping the grass.
Two year warranty.
Only suitable for small gardens.
Exterior is not made of the most durable materials.
There are two types of lawn mowers that can create beautiful stripes in your lawn – cylinder mowers and rotary mowers. The former has a front rotary blade which cuts the grass with scissor motions, which is best for lawns that are tended to regularly and therefore have shorter grass. The roller creates the stripes, however it needs to be relatively flat to achieve the best results.
On the other hand, rotary mowers have a rotating blade and a back roller which creates the stripes. They’re typically better at cutting longer grass on uneven surfaces, which makes them more versatile than cylinder mowers. Beware that not all rotary mowers have rollers, so not all of them will create the desired stripes.
Garden Size and Blade Width
These two factors go hand in hand with each other, as the best blade width for your mower is dependent on the size of your lawn. A larger blade width on your mower will allow it to cut more grass each time, which lessens the time needed to complete the task. Smaller gardens can get away with a 30cm cutting width, while larger lawns will need a larger lawn mower of over 40cm.
While not necessary, purchasing a lawn mower with the correct cutting width will significantly lighten your workload. Moreover, it will also give you the width of your stripes. If you want a thinner stripe look go for a lawn mower with a smaller cutting width, and visa versa.
Lawn Mower Power
There are different types of power that can be used to work your lawn mower, including:
Electric: Electric powered motors use cords to keep them running, meaning they’re only suitable for your lawn as long as the cord is as long as your garden. This is usually medium or small sized lawns. They are generally quite quiet and don’t require a lot of maintenance, however they’re not suitable for thick grass.
You can also get cordless electric mowers which means you can use them without worrying about straining the power source. This also allows these mowers to be used on larger lawns, however there’s always the possibility that it will run out of charge mid-mow. This could disrupt your perfect stripe pattern.
Petrol: Petrol mowers tend to be the most powerful mowers and there are no annoying cables to jump over and struggle with, making them great for large lawns. However, they often need much more maintenance than other mowers and petrol is the noisiest power type. They also give off fumes which is not ideal.
Manual: Of course, you can always take all the work on for yourself! These lawn mowers need a strong person to push them around, meaning they’re only really suitable for smaller gardens. You can use them on larger lawns if you want a challenge, but it’d be much easier and less time consuming to choose either an electric or petrol powered lawn mower.
These mowers are said to create the nicest stripes and work best on flat surfaces. They’re also the most affordable of the three types, so it’s worth considering if you’re feeling up to the task.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do lawn stripes last?
You should expect to have to re-mow your lawn around every two weeks to keep it looking in tip top condition. Having said this, you should alternate directions every two weeks so that the grass doesn’t become damaged and permanently flat.
How do you get the perfect line when you mow?
It will be easiest to achieve straight lines if your lawn has a straight edge. This could be a patio next to the lawn, or a straight pathway. Take your lawn mower, put one wheel on the straight edge and begin mowing your lawn, careful to keep the wheel in the same place for the whole length of your lawn.
Once you’ve done the first line you can move your lawn mower over to the next stripes position, placing the wheel in the dent that the previous wheel made when completing the first line. This will act as a ruler and will give you professional looking stripes without any tools.
How do you mow double wide stripes?
This is slightly trickier than single stripes, but once you get the hang of it it’ll be like second nature. First, mow your first stripe in the middle of your garden. Then create a stripe next to this, but then go back up this stripe the opposite way (or the same way as the first stripe). Continue doing this until you’re left with a garden full of double length stripes!
Depending on the size of your garden, you may find yourself getting lost with which way to go to create your double strip. If in doubt, many gardeners remember that ‘white is right’. If you follow the white line back to where you started, you shouldn’t get lost.
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