How To Stripe a Lawn: Simple Tips Tricks for MLB Perfection. Lawn striping roller
How To Stripe a Lawn: Simple Tips Tricks for MLB Perfection
Spring has sprung and you’re sitting down to watch the opening weekend of the MLB. With beer in hand, the first thing that hits you is how good the fields look. How do the groundskeepers create such incredible patterns on the field?
The good news is striping a lawn is in fact very easy! No aliens nor graduates from Hogwarts chanting, ‘Wingardium Leviosa’ are needed.
Follow along to find out everything you need to know when it comes to striping a lawn so you can achieve that MLB look!
To get the creative juices flowing, look at this striping seen in Major League Baseball Stadiums.
How to stripe a Lawn with a Push Mower
The effect you see on MLB fields is simply the grass reflecting light in a different way. When mowed, the grass is pushed in different directions, we call this bending the grass. You can achieve this by walking over the grass in any direction with some kind of weight (normally a mower).
Blades bent toward display a dark complexion and blades bent away from you create a light complexion. If you think about this in relation to the sun it makes sense. The blades bent away from you reflect the sun’s light whereas the blades bent toward you point towards terra firma, creating a darker shade of green.
What creates the bending of the blades? Grass blades are pretty lightweight, so it doesn’t take much to bend them. In fact, mesmerizing patterns can be made by the soft brushing of dew-swept grass. However, in the main, the act of striping a lawn is usually completed using a mower or a specific striping kit.
How to Stripe a Lawn without a striping kit or roller
It’s important to note it is not essential to have a striping kit or roller to create a fresh trim for your lawn. If you have cool season-type grass, with a height between 2.5 to 4 inches, you can create a great look with a standard push mower.
Check out this video by Ryan Knorr to see the effect he was able to get with a basic mower off Amazon.
But what’s a cool season-type grass? And, 2.5 – 4 inches, this sounds like it’s getting technical. I hear you say.
Don’t worry; we will cover grass types and heights later in the article. For now, know that if you live in a cool climate, you have the perfect grass for striping.
For those of you who live, in warm climates, you’ll need to read to the end, as you may find it a little more difficult to stripe your lawn.
How to stripe a lawn with a push mower
To stripe a lawn with a push mower, all you need is to understand the concept of how light reflects off the grass. Mowing in one direction away from you will create a light shade and mowing toward you will create a dark shade. All you need is this knowledge, a mower, and a lawn full of cool-season grass.
Cheap mowers purchased from any major outlet will have a flap on the back that has enough weight to bend the grass in the direction you’re walking.
In an ideal world, your lawn would be a perfect square or rectangle. This would make it easy to follow a striped pattern across the whole of your lawn. However, most lawns are uneven and can create awkward shapes to mow.
To combat this, start by mowing an outline in your lawn to create an easy-to-mow square or rectangle. Once you have cut out the awkward angle of your lawn, you can follow a straight up-and-down pattern to create stripes in your lawn.
To stripe your lawn, turn on your mower and adjust the height to the length you want to mow at. Push the mower in a straight line to make one run (either along the length or width) of your lawn. When you reach the end of the lawn, lift the deck of the mower, and position the wheels at the edge of your first run. Push the mower along the edge of the first run and it will bend the grass in the opposite direction.
The first run is by far the most important run as it will set how straight you are for the rest of your mowing session. To help, pick a point in the distance and FOCUS on it. Try as hard as possible to walk in a straight line until you reach your grass edge.
Over time, you will trial and error different patterns until you find the results you’re looking for. You will become more familiar with your yard the more you mow and eventually be able to experiment with more complex designs.
How to double stripe a lawn
One such design is double striping your lawn. This is a great ‘next step’ on your journey to becoming a striping master!
Double striping your lawn means running two mowing lines in the same direction, before a further two lines in the opposing direction. This will create a thicker stripe which is more aesthetically pleasing. Take a look at the differences between a single-stripe lawn and a double-stripe lawn below.
A single striping lawn technique is easier to follow because it is easy to mow a lawn by mowing up one way and down the other. Double striping involves keeping two lines in the same direction, before mowing two lines in the opposite direction.
You can create this aesthetic by mowing a channel around the edge of the lawn. You can then use this channel to make sure you’re starting on the correct side each time. This will allow you 2, 3 or even 4 runs in the same direction before creating the opposing stripe sequence in the opposite direction. Obviously, this depends on the size of the lawn you a cutting.
Tips and tricks to increase the contrast of your striping
It won’t take long before you’re mowing stripes into your lawn every week and experimenting with different patterns. Unfortunately, as the complexity of the patterns increases, so too does the commitment to your lawn care.
How to Stripe a warm season grass type
Mowing with a standard lawn mower is good enough to create stripes with a cool season-type grass. But it’s going to struggle to give you the look you’re aiming for if you live in a warm climate.
Warm-season grasses such as, Bermudagrass, St. Augustine, or Centipede, are coarser than their cool-season counterparts. As a result, they need more weight to bend them in a certain direction. They also tend to prefer shorter cutting heights which make them more difficult to bend.
To stripe a warm-season grass type, to stripe a short lawn, or to enhance the effect of your striping, you will want to buy a reel mower, a striping kit, and a roller. Here, the Lawn insider gives a great explanation about how he stripes his Bermuda Lawn.
Mowing with A Striping Kit
A striping kit is a roller accessory that fits onto the back of your mower. It will provide sufficient weight to bend the grass either towards or away from the sun. You can purchase a striping kit from Amazon which fits almost all types of mowers. This Toro Lawn Striping System is a great starting point!
Alternatively you can make your own homemade striping kit. All you need is a dense pipe that you attach to the back of your mower to drag it behind you when mowing to bend the grass. Check out this helpful video for a DIY lawn striping kit.
To mow with a striping kit, you will need to follow the same patterns spoken about earlier. Be careful when you get to the end of the run, as you will want to make sure the roller is pushing the grass in the right direction when you turn for the next run.
What mower is best for striping
Although a lawn striping kit will add value to your work it won’t give you that expert look. To gain a world-class sporting event lawn, you will want to investigate a reel mower
As you can see from the preceding link, reel mowers are expensive, ranging from 2,000 to 7,000 and above. But although expensive, they can enhance your lawn care routine in the following ways:
A reel mower can save you a lot of time if you have already committed to cutting your grass regularly and taking small amounts off.
Reel mowers work by cutting horizontally with a very sharp blade fixed to a shaft that creates a spinning action. This motion encourages the grass to stand upright ready to be cut. The sharpness of the blade then acts like a scissor, delicately yet decisively cutting the blades without damaging the grass. The spinning blade mechanism coupled with a powered motor allows you to whiz through a mowing session in no time at all.
If you need to take a lot of height off, a reel mower is probably not the best option. Standard mowers cut the grass horizontally and cut the grass with a blunter blade using speed. Imagine the difference between someone cutting your hair with a machete and a professional with a pair of scissors. A blunt machete will use speed to cut through the hair whereas the scissors will cut through the tops of the hair with precision.
In summary, if you are committed to regular mowing for a great look, a reel mower will save you a lot of time. Alternatively, if you are happy with a mowing regime of once every two weeks, you can still stripe your lawn with a more conventional mower.
A reel mower will also help you create a much sharper contrast in your striping. By having a better cut, the edges will be crisper looking creating greater contrast. In addition, the weight of the reel mower (roughly 200lbs and above) will bend even warm-climate grass with ease.
Other Tools for striping your lawn
As you’re probably beginning to realize striping a very short or coarse lawn involves weight. Too much weight can damage your lawn but in general, the more weight you have the easier it will be to cement those stripes in. This is where a roller comes in handy.
When purchasing a roller, you will have to think about what kind of stripes you are wanting on your lawn. A very heavy roller will give you a lot of weight but not much mobility, so it would not be a great choice if you’re looking for complex striping.
In general, a standard home garden roller purchased online will provide the weight and maneuverability needed to perfect your lawn.
How to Stripe a Lawn Like a Pro
So, you understand the concept and have all the kit! The only thing to do now is to experiment with different patterns.
Horizontal striping is the second easiest pattern to perfect as it is just cutting your lawn twice in the standard striping pattern but at different angles.
By mowing your lawn vertically, you will create a basic striping pattern.
To create a horizontal striping, you will want to repeat the process but with an east-to-west direction at a 90-degree angle to your first mow. This will create a chequered pattern like the field of a chessboard.
Below, Big League Lawns explains mowing in a checkered pattern.
Diagonal striping is arguably the best method for homeowner striping. It’s simple enough to allow you to mow in a reasonable time frame yet complex enough to wow the whole neighborhood!
Another aspect of diagonal striping is that it offers a wider viewing angle of your lawn. For example, if you have a vertical, north-to-south striping pattern, it can only be viewed from above or when someone is directly in front of the lawn.
Conversely, diagonal striping can be seen from a distance and the contrasting patterns of the lawn will catch everyone’s eye.
Here, jealous lawn care offers a great intro to diagonal striping,
Single-Double Striping is also a great pattern for homeowners interested in lawn care. This pattern is often used in different parts of baseball fields to give a professional look.
The single double pattern is completed by creating one run north to south and then two runs south to north. In other words, you mow up and down in two opposing runs, before going back up the first run and down the third run to create one light shades and two dark shades.
If you’ve lasted this long, then you are already an expert on lawn striping, but there is one last tip to offer, double cutting.
If you go over your mow lines in the same format twice, you will see significantly better results than if you do it just the once!
Effecting your lawn in a positive way requires a wide range of knowledge on lawn care. Striping alone is not going to give you a great look if you have lots of unwanted weeds scattered all over your yard!
However, striping does offer a simple and inexpensive way to enhance the look of your lawn. Here are the takehomes of How to Stripe a lawn:
- Understand the concept that striping is to do with bending grass. The blades will reflect the suns light in different ways creating a darker shade and a lighter shade.
- Cooler weather grass is easier to stripe than warm weather grass.
- Similarly, tall grass is easier to stripe than short grass.
- You will create stripes through mowing but a striping kit or roller will help.
- By investing in a better mower, such as a reel mower, you will improve the look of your striping.
- Double-cutting your lawn or going over your pattern with a roller will further cement the look.
- There are hundreds of different patterns out there so get experimenting!
How to Stripe a Lawn
Don’t let the beauty of lawn striping keep you from trying it yourself. Learning how to stripe a lawn is easier than you think.
In this blog post, you’ll learn the following:
Lawn Striping 101: How to Stripe Grass
- How to stripe your lawn
- Lawn striping patterns
- How to make a DIY lawn striping kit
- Lawn care maintenance tips.
How to Stripe Your Lawn
Whether you own a ZTR, a garden tractor, or a push mower, you can still create baseball diamond striping. You just need to add a wide roller behind your mower’s tires.
You can buy a lawn striping kit or design a DIY lawn striping kit by using PVC piping or rubber floor mats.
After you’ve attached the striping roller behind the wheels of your mower, here are the basics of lawn striping:
- You want to mow the perimeter of your lawn first before you start creating stripes.
- For classic lawn striping, you want to go perpendicular to your driveway or the walkway in front of your home. Think about generally going in a north/south or east/west direction.
- When you make turns at the end of each row, either make a three-point turn (a Y shaped turn) or you can make a tight turn. Make sure you don’t tip your mower over while making the turns.
If you’re using a push mower, you can lift the front to avoid cutting the grass and make a tight turn.
- When you’re finished making the lines, you want to mow around the perimeter of your lawn to cover any marks you made while turning at the end of each row.
- What do you do when it’s time to mow around trees or other obstacles on the lawn? Simply go around the tree. If you want unbroken lawn striping, scroll down to see how to stripe a lawn with obstacles.
- When you’re done striping your lawn, mow the perimeter of your yard once again.
Getting Fancy with Lawn Striping Patterns
If you want to get creative, you can expand into lawn striping patterns, such as the checkerboard look or zigzags. You’ll be the talk of the town when you create attractive designs in your yard.
Here’s how to stripe a lawn using different lawn striping patterns:
- The checkerboard pattern: Again, you start by mowing the perimeter of your lawn. Then, you choose your first direction (north/south or east/west). Finish your first pattern.
Next, you go in the opposite direction. For example, if you started with a north/south direction, you now want to go east/west. Finish the design by mowing around the perimeter to “erase” any Y turns.
- The diagonal or crisscross design: Go with the perpendicular lines first. Then, use the same directions as the checkerboard pattern, but go in a diagonal direction instead of going side to side.
- Continue with your lawn striping pattern even with trees and other obstacles in the yard: If you want continuity with your DIY lawn striping, you first start the line striping at the bottom of the row. When you get to the tree, go around it and finish that row’s lawn stripe.
When you’re on your second pass, you’ll stripe over the curve you created when you first mowed around the tree. You’ll have an unbroken striping pattern with the tree as part of the design.
Make a DIY Lawn Striping Kit
If you enjoy making DIY products to use around your property, you can make your own lawn striping kit. Here are some ideas for designing your DIY lawn striping kit.
- Employ PVC piping. You’ll need a 3” diameter piece of PVC piping. Measure the width of your mower and then cut the PVC pipe to the width that you need. Next, you fill the PVC pipe with wet sand and put the end caps on. Attach your roller to your mower using a 2’ length of lightweight chain. Then, you want to attach the chain to each end of the PVC pipe that will serve as your lawn roller.
- Use boat trailer rollers that you can find at a marine trailer supply store. Since boat trailer rollers have dense rubber on them, you don’t need to worry about weighing the rollers down.Connect the rollers to the back of your mower, using rigid metal brackets and chains.
- Buy rubber mats at your favorite auto supply store. Since they’re half an inch thick, you can cut the rubber mats into strips. Next, attach the rubber mats with medium-duty angle iron and bolts.
- Groundskeepers have used the following substitutes for creating lawn striping patterns: Sandbags and rubber mats similar to a truck’s mud flaps are two more DIY lawn striping ideas for creating a beautiful, manicured yard.
- Save yourself some time and buy aBrinly lawn roller to create stripes and other patterns on your property. Brinly’s lawn roller should be as wide as or slightly wider than the wheelbase of your mower.
Lawn Care Maintenance Tips
Lawn striping is good for turfgrass because you’re switching sides each time you mow.
Plus, you won’t create ruts, grooves, or longer grass blades shading shorter blades that come from cutting the grass in the same direction with each mow. Finally, all grass blades will get enough sunlight for health and growth.
Cool season grasses, such as tall fescue, ryegrass, and Kentucky blue, do best because they’re more flexible. Most warm season grasses have stiff blades that don’t conform to lawn striping.
Also, don’t overdo lawn striping. If you love your lawn striped, you should go in different directions every time you mow. For example, if you went east/west and then north/south, the following week, cut your grass from south/north and west/east, so you don’t stress your lawn.
One final benefit of lawn striping: you’ll notice that you can cut back on mowing to every two weeks.
Don’t forget to use sharp mower blades to give your lawn grass a clean cut. Continue to water your lawn infrequently and apply fertilizer based on your soil’s needs.
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How to Stripe Lawn Without Roller: A Step by Step Guide
How to stripe lawn without roller using a mower and makeshift PVC rollers is important knowledge for those who want to undergo this project. There is not a shred of doubt that a striped lawn looks so much more elegant and beautiful than a plain old one.
There are so many different patterns that you can make to turn your lawn into a piece of art. This complete guide will explore how to do this when a roller is unavailable to you.
How Do You Stripe Your Lawn Without Roller?
To stripe your lawn without a roller, you can use your lawn mower and attach to it a homemade roller using PVC pipes. A push-type mower takes a lot of time, so it’s best to use a riding mower for making lawn stripes.
Using a Riding Mower
Lawn striping is all about the direction in which an individual grass blade is cut and then reflects the light to create beautiful optics. You can cut grass in various directions to create as many patterns as possible.
If you own a push-type lawn mower, it can be used to create stripes. A push-type mower works well if your turf is small or reasonably sized. However, having a riding-type lawn mower would make striping without a roller so much easier.
Using Striping Kits
These days, there are many good lawn striping kits available at such reasonable that there isn’t any need to go for a striping lawn roller. These can be installed in all sorts of riding-style mowers, whether electric or gasoline powered.
Many of these striping kits also come with a roller that you can use to create stripes. You can make a DIY one using plastic or metal pipes if it doesn’t work. Another method you can try is to ask around your friend circle to see if anyone owns a striping kit and can lend you theirs.
Using PVC Pipes as DIY Rollers
If you do not want to spend that much money buying rollers for striping your lawn, this is okay because you can stripe the lawn easily using PVC pipes and a riding type of lawn mower instead. At a much lower price, PVC pipes provide a good finish as they create stripes in the lawn.
You can do this by measuring the width of your lawn mower and cutting a small piece of PVC pipe that is exactly equal to it. Plastic can be easily cut using sharp knives, but if you own an angle cutter, that will make this quicker.
It would help if you filled this pipe with something weighted and with substance. We usually push sand or moist clay in the pipe and then close both ends by making caps out of leftover PVC material.
There is a metal shaft at the back of almost all mowers. This makeshift PVC roller will be attached to this pipe using strings or any other method you deem fit. Voila! You have now created your own DIY lawn striping apparatus at less than half the price of a striping kit.
Making a Basic Column Stripe
As a beginner using a riding type of mower, making columnar stripes on the lawn is a simpler pattern. This is a basic pattern where you must mow your grass in straight lines so that each alternating line is mowed in the opposite direction. This way, the light reflects differently on alternating lines of grass, giving it a classic striped appearance.
Here are the simple steps to follow for success:
- Divide your lawn into a vertical straight line of grass that is as wide as the mower’s blades.
- You can do this by eyeballing to get a rough estimate, but it is best to measure and mark the first few stripes using either grass paint or the string method. The string method is burying two sticks on opposite sides of the lawn and tightening a string between them.
- Because a basic column pattern needs straight lines, be careful while turning the lawn mower as you jump from one stripe to the next. If the mower is lightweight, once you reach the end of one stripe, lift it and put it at the start of the next stripe in the opposite direction.
- Otherwise, you will have to make a narrow U-turn near the very end of the stripes with the blade pulled up if you want to get proper neat edges.
Making a Criss Cross Stripe
The crisscross pattern looks amazing under bright light and a gentle breeze. To make this pattern, you must mow the grass in straight but diagonal lines across the lawn. Start by mowing the lawn on all sides to make a rectangular frame as an outline.
Once a well-defined perimeter is mowed, start mowing the grass diagonally across the lawn. This can be confusing without a roller, especially if you only started making stripes. This is where grass paint would come in handy, as you can use a ruler and paint to mark the lines along which to mow.
Once you are done making diagonal stripes, use the paint to mark similar diagonal stripes. These new stripes should be perpendicular to the first ones. Start mowing along the lines, changing the lawn mower’s direction with each alternating stripe. End this mowing session by mowing along the periphery of the lawn once more.
Making a Zigzag Stripe
Making a zigzag lawn striping work is the most difficult pattern to make without the help of a roller. Making a crisscross pattern or a diagonal one will help you make a zigzag pattern.
- As your starting point, select which side you will go to first. Depending on the angle of the grass blades and the sunlight’s direction, you can make either dark or lighter stripes.
- Divide the lawn into neat and straight rows and mow them one by one in alternate and opposite directions.
- Make a crisscross pattern next by making stripes perpendicular to the previous ones using the same alternating pattern.
- To turn this pattern into a zigzag, choose a light-colored stripe as your starting point and mow on it. Then skip the adjacent dark column to get to the next light one and turn the lawn mower 90 degrees as carefully as possible.
- Cross the next dark column, mowing at 90 degrees, to cross into the next light one. Once you reach the light column again, turn 90 degrees with the mower without disturbing the grass.
- Keep repeating this pattern until the whole lawn is finished and striped. It is understandable if this procedure sounds confusing to carry out. One thing that will definitely help is to plan out all the steps, columns, and rows on a piece of paper and keep it with you while mowing.
Making a Checkerboard Pattern
This pattern might look complicated to make without a roller, but it is much simpler to execute. It is only a variation of the basic column-type stripes with a slight twist that includes additional horizontal and vertical stripes. With the riding type of mower, it would be easier to execute this pattern if the lawn is bigger and wider.
- For striping lawns in a checkerboard pattern without a roller, you must first mow the entire periphery of the lawn to create an outline.
- Start by making straight lines along the lawn length using the method mentioned above.
- Next, position the mower along the width of the lawn to make similar alternating straight stripes perpendicular to the first one.
- Take great care and precaution while turning the mower because you don’t want to ruin the rectangular finish of the stripes. Your turns should be as narrow as possible, especially while making this pattern.
- As the finishing step, mow along the whole perimeter of the lawn once more to eliminate any potential irregularity that might have formed while striping.
Striping a Lawn With a Push Mower
To use a push-type mower to make stripes, first go through all four sides of your lawn, pushing the mower ahead of you. For the rest of your lawn, start mowing from one end of the lawn to the next in a straight line.
Once you reach the end, start moving from this end back to the first one in another straight line that is adjacent to the first but in the opposite direction. Repeat this striping procedure throughout the lawn in alternating lines until you are done.
Frequently Asked Questions
– What Is the Ideal Grass Height for Lawn Striping Without Roller?
The ideal grass height for lawn striping without a roller is two and a half to three and a half inches long. If the grass is cut shorter, then there will not be enough length of the grass blade left to reflect light, defeating the purpose of stripping a lawn.
A lawn that is over four inches is too tall to stand upright neatly and harmoniously and will give the striped lawn a very unkempt appearance.
– Should I Stripe Wet Lawn Without a Roller?
No, you should not stripe wet lawn without a roller. If the grass is still wet, you should only stripe a lawn with a roller. This is especially pertinent when using a lawn mower to make stripes. Wet grass gets torn during striping and ends up getting destroyed.
The stripes do not even look like proper stripes at the end because the reflective surface of the grass gets destroyed.
Having read this guide, here is a brief recap regarding striping lawns without rollers.
- It would help if you had a riding lawn mower and a lawn striping kit to make stripes on the lawn.
- If a roller is unavailable, you can make a DIY one using PVC pipes, stuffing them with sand for weight.
- You can make many patterns without a roller, such as zigzag, crisscross, or diagonal stripes.
- The rule for striping is more or less the same as mowing, where you cannot stripe a wet lawn.
This article discussed how you could stripe your lawn and make different patterns without a proper lawn striping roller. We strongly urge you to try this method out even if you have never striped your lawn before. Once you get into lawn striping, trust us when we say there is no going back!
This will show you how to stripe your yard like the professionals, and you’ll save 100!
Step 1: Gather
pvc pipe 3″ thick and the width of the back wheels or slightly smaller.(see picture)
2 “eye” hooks big enough for 2 plastic ties to go through.
Step 2: Cut the Pipe to Length
After cutting the pipe to length, cut the 2 end caps out of 3/4″ plywood with a hole saw,jigsaw or Band saw, unless you want to buy 2 pvc endcaps.
Step 3: Mount the Hooks
measure the distance between the 2 places you will be tying the striper to on the mower and drill 2 holes that distance apart on the pipe. Make sure the holes are slightly thinner than the screw part on the hooks.
Step 4: Fill It
screw one plywood cap or pvc cap to the one end of the pipe and fill it with gravel, sand, or anything that will give the pipe plenty of weight. Next, screw on the other plywood or pvc cap.
Step 5: Tie It On
Now you should be ready to tie it on. You will need 2 very long plastic ties or some wire. Keep it about 1 or 2 inches above the ground, and be careful not to tie it to close to the wheels so that you run over it when you back up. You may need to tie it back with something to prevent this (see picture).
Step 6: Mow!
Now you are ready to begin. If you start from the road and drive toward the house it will make a light stripe and when you come back you will make a dark stripe. Be Creative. If you go over your yard going front to back and then go over it again going left and right, it will make squares, or diamonds. (see faintly in the picture).
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thx for the inst. does anyone know how to make a zero turn cut better? engine runs fine, blades are sharp. just not getting a good cut. if so, could u plz make an inst on that? Thx
thanks for your inst. i was at a farm supply getting a piece of belting (available in widths starting at 4″, i was getting 6″ X 3′) and the guy asked if I was making a stripper. seems here they just add that behind the deck to stripe. This belting is bullet proof.
Very cool! I’ve always wondered how they did that! Thanks
And what is the point of striping a lawn again??
Can this be adapted for a walk behind mower
only if you mow tall and use a heavy stick/pipe/whatever with it.
Yeah but the effect isn’t as dramatic because a push mower is much closer to the ground. You will have to hike it up a wee bit and do everything the same for your push mower. You could also always mount this on a broom stick and do it by hand.
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If you would own a simplicity mower instead of a deere, you wouldnt have to make this. simplicity’s have full width deck rollers built right on them.
Yeah buy a Simplicity instead of a real mower.
Go Green. Get rid of all that grass. (grin) We here in Florida are trying to use less water and go green and natural. Plant only local plants, tolerant of your growing conditions. You don’t need all that grass to mow.
I always wondered how they did that. Thanks for the great tip.
I’ve done this in the past, with good results. Someone else mentioned it, but I’ll hit it again, make sure to alternate the cut for each mowing, Mow front to back one session, then the next side to side, the next sideways, the next front to back, and so on and so forth. Heck, get creative, I’ve done spiral cuts before, and those look pretty sweet from time to time, keeps the neighbors guessing, thats for sure. but I always just used a push mower, and the effect was visible. Not sure you really need the bar. I also agree that incorporating a mechanism for the weighted bar to raise and lower it is a good idea as well. Perhaps and old throttle cable would work well? I guess it really depends on the weight of your bar, and the way it would be adjusted. Thoughts anyone?