Lawn Patterning Made Easy
Summer has finally come to the Midwest, our lawns are healthy from springtime maintenance and the favorite season begins for living and entertaining outdoors. Homeowners that take pride in their yard and carefully cultivate the blooming landscape that is the silver lining in the spring’s rainy days should now be enjoying a beautiful green lawn that provides the canvas for their home’s lush surroundings. Patterning the lovingly maintained grounds is an easy way to accentuate the home and property, adding further distinction and design with minimal effort.
Lawn patterning is an easy adjunct to the weekly routine of grooming your property, and the results are nothing short of transforming. The only additional effort required is to purchase a reasonably priced, easy to use, Land Stryper attachment for any standard push lawn mower, review the simple instructions for its utility and incorporate this simple grooming step into the weekly lawn maintenance schedule.
How to get started? If you have purchased either a Lawn Stryper mower attachment or Toro Lawn Striping system, instructions for attaching and operating are basically the same. Both systems are designed to attach to most residential walk behind, self-propelled and push lawn mowers. They attach with a quick-on clamping system to the mowers’ handlebars, allowing for mowing and patterning at the same time. The systems are also easily disengaged to allow for mowing without patterning.
Basic lawn patterning principles include:
- Start with a healthy lawn: a dry and stressed lawn will not hold a design
- Choose a design: this is the fun part! Consider home orientation on the property, driveway location and property borders to choose pattern perspective. Linear designs may be aligned with the drive, property lines or the home depending on perspective and orientation, while curvy, circular designs allow for more flexibility
- Mix it up: try out different patterns to alternately emphasize different parts of the property or purely for creative expression; traditionalists may stick to one pattern at a time, while experimentalists may incorporate more than one pattern at the same time
- Give it a rest: while you may have found the perfect pattern, at least the orientation or direction should be changed up every 2-3 sessions to ensure optimal patterning results; you can pattern every time you mow as long as the grass is healthy
- Keep it clean: just as one’s lawn mower should be regularly maintained, having sharp blades to ensure both optimal mowing performance AND minimal stress to the lawn, lawn stiping systems should be wiped down after every use to ensure their optimal functioning
It is easier than ever for even those with minimal lawn care experience to turn out professional looking results, with very little financial investment. A well-maintained lawn always increases the curb appeal of a home; lawn patterns provide a subtle yet polished finish, reflecting a well-loved home and property.