Posted 15th Jul 2016
Ever wanted to have a pattern in your lawn but do not have a clue as to where to start? In celebration of British Gas's new FreeTime plan, leading lawn artist Chris Naylor has got some top tips to help you get the lawn of your dreams
- When choosing the design that you want to mow into your lawn, make sure it is not too complex. It can be tricky to get intricate detail into the grass, especially if you're working in a small area. Therefore images or designs that have a good contrast between light and dark areas tend to work the best.
- Water your grass regularly in the weeks leading up to the art project. It is also a good idea to let your grass grow as long as possible. Longer grass will hold more shadow underneath it, meaning it will appear dark in comparison to shorter patches.
- Draw a grid of squares over a paper copy of your image. This will allow you to stay faithful to the proportions. Then recreate the grid on your lawn by tying string to nails (but remember to remove these before you begin to mow). Now, spray the outline of your image onto the grass with spray chalk or a similar water-based paint. You can then refer to your initial design so that each grid square on paper will match an equivalent grid square on the grass.
- When you're mowing your design, use a lawnmower around the edges of your image. This will create a frame which will make it stand out from the rest of the lawn. A garden strimmer is the ideal tool for trimming grass that should be at medium length, and hand tools like hedge clippers are perfect for lighter areas where you need the grass to be considerably shorter. You can then neaten up your design with gardening scissors for the finer details.
The FreeTime plans offers customers free electricity over the weekend - you can find out more here.
Text courtesy of British Gas / Chris Naylor
Image: Getty / Cultura Exclusive / Cultura RM Exclusive / Stephen Lux