Posted 4th September by Peter Byrne
Have you ever looked at your neighbours' perfectly trimmed lawn and wondered exactly how they achieve such artistry within their gardens?
Adding stripes to your garden could be the solution. It will not only look smart but can also create the illusion of a longer, and greener lawn.
Believe it or not, it can be relatively easy to achieve with one tool - a rear roller lawnmower.
Would you like to know how to get the look? This guide from Flymo explains all:
1 Stripes are added to the lawn by flattening and bending the grass as it's cut. This will in turn, change the angle, at which point the light will reflect off the grass blade, in the process giving the impression that the grass is a different colour. Grass bent towards you will look darker - away will look lighter.
2 If it's difficult to turn the lawnmower at either end, it could be beneficial to first cut around the perimeter to give you an even cut and a nicer looking lawn.
3 You can achieve a perfectly striped lawn by considering whether you want them to be horizontal or vertical, and whether you want the first stripe to be light or dark. Once you know this, you will know where to start mowing.
4 When you're adding the first stripe to the lawn, you should make sure you are at a right angle to the perimeter. Simply use an object like a fence or decking as a rough guide. When you get to the end of the lawn, simply turn the mower around and come back in the opposite direction.
5 Keep an eye roughly 10 feet in front of you when mowing - this will keep the lines perfectly straight.
6 You can add a wider stripe simply by going down your second stripe again in the same direction as the previous line to ensure the grass will be bent in the same way. If the grass is cut regularly, remember to alternate the mowing direction every couple of weeks if you're adding stripes. This will mean you avoid uneven and indirect growth.
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