Lawn Enthusiasts New to Patterning: A Few Tips Before You Get Started
Most lawn enthusiasts are familiar with the concept of lawn patterning, whether or not they have yet attempted it on their own. Quite simply, a beautifully patterned lawn catches the eye of any passerby, and a gardening, landscaping and lawn enthusiast has an even higher appreciation for the care it reflects. Residents in the Midwest have a finite period of time each year to showcase their lawn, so for those new to incorporating patterning into their lawn care regime, the following offers a few helpful hints and reminders before that first patterning project.
The act of lawn patterning basically entails “bending” the grass blades with a specially designed attachment to your push mower. This attachment employs a comb/roller combination that bends the blades, causing light to reflect differently, thus creating a visually noticeable pattern. Because of this process, it is important for the grass to be healthy, to hold the “bend” and thus the desired pattern. Additionally, the best time to both cut and pattern one’s lawn is 12-18 hours after a light rainfall, or 24-36 hours after a heavy rain when lawns are quite saturated. Mowing wet grass can damage both your lawn and your lawn mower.
Next comes the fun part: choosing the pattern. Simple striping may not be exciting for an eager newcomer, but stripes are simply refined, suit any landscaping, and may be the best initiation for your lawn. When going bolder with more creative design ideas, it is good to first consider perspective; carefully examine the yard from the angles it will be most commonly viewed and consider the pattern’s layout from there. Consider the image below and its vantage point of the back yard from the deck.
Standard, symmetrical lots can afford much more flexibility with patterns as you attempt more ambitious designs or even create your own. However, curvy, asymmetrical or non-uniform lots and yards offer their own advantages for both landscaping and lawn patterning to accent their unique characteristics. Whether it be trees, bushes, other natural elements, or a sculpture that interrupts the mowing line, incorporate these landscaping elements into your pattern ideas, rather than avoid them.
Most importantly, have fun, be creative and don’t be afraid to test out new designs. Any so called “misfires” can be rectified with a standard issue cut in five days, so explore new patterns, take inspiration from fellow amateur enthusiasts, show off your designs and make your lawn the envy of your neighborhood.