How To Create Mowing Patterns In Your Lawn


When mowing your lawn it is important to vary the patterns in which you mow. This will reduce compaction of the soil. Less compaction makes for healthier turf with longer roots and can reduce the persistence of weeds in many cases. Additionally, regularly changing the pattern in which you mow the lawn will allow you to experiment with creating an interesting stripe pattern. Everyone appreciates seeing a lawn with a beautiful pattern mowed into it.

It is actually quite easy to create professional looking mowing stripes in your turf! Simply begin the process by mowing one pass around the perimeter of the lawn. (Envision yourself mowing a rectangular lawn) Next, begin mowing a straight line and turn at the end. Then mow the next line in the other direction, making sure to overlap the wheel line of the last pass. Repeat this process until you are done and you will have beautiful mower stripes. Experiment and have fun! Try mowing again in the opposite direction for a checkerboard finish. Or rotate your mower to a diagonal line to create an angled checkerboard.

Benefits Of Mowing Patterns

Furthermore, by varying the pattern in which you mow it does greatly reduce compaction even for those folks who are push mowing. In less compacted soils, turf roots will grow deeper and therefore be less susceptible to heat stress by allowing water to penetrate deeper in the root zone. This will also naturally cut down on certain weeds that favor highly compacted soils.