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How to Mow Your Lawn (5 Different Patterns)

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Every homeowner will delight at the prospect of having a well-manicured lawn with some beautiful patterns. The good news is that it is possible to create those eye-catching patterns yourself. We have put together this blog post to share more on this satisfying skill.

Creating patterns in your lawn is your best bet to make things more interesting and achieve more beautiful lawns. The first step in attaining great lawn patterns is getting your tools ready. You will need a lawnmower with blades that are sharp enough.

Lawn mowing is a good practice that helps give your lawn an aesthetically pleasing look and, at the same time, improves the overall health of your grass. Regular maintenance of your lawn is highly recommended. However, this practice can get boring.

You might also want to check the fuel and confirm that the plugs are working. For specific patterns, you will need to attach a roller system to your lawnmower. The science behind lawn patterns is the direction you follow when moving your lawnmower.

Some different ways and designs will help you achieve beautiful lawn patterns. For instance, you can choose to go for a striped pattern and end up with a lawn with stripes. Alternatively, you could go a step further by aiming for the checkerboard effect.

This design is a more improved version of the stripes. Other patterns you can go for are the diamond pattern that will leave your garden with a fantastic diamond shape; you can also achieve uniqueness with circular shapes or waves.

By following a set of instructions and tips that we will be sharing with you here, you are sure to not only end up with a perfectly manicured lawn but also one that is more beautiful and healthier. In no time, you will be the envy of the neighborhood with your catchy lawns.

If you want to know more about the basic fundamentals of lawn mowing then this article will provide all you need.

Keep reading this blog post for more insights on this topic. We are so excited to be sharing this knowledge on how to upgrade your lawns, directly translating to overall home improvement.

5 Different Ways to Mow Beautiful Patterns in Your Lawn

There are several methods you can adopt in your quest to achieving eye-pleasing patterns on your lawn. There is a set of instructions for each of these methods that you are advised to follow for perfect results. We will be sharing these instructions here as we delve into the five different ways you can mow patterns in your lawn.

1. The Stripes Pattern

This pattern happens to be the most simple pattern you can go for on your lawn. Make no mistake though, even with the simplicity of this method, the results will surely please you. If you choose this pattern for your lawn, you will first need to get a roller system. You will then attach it to your lawnmower. A roller system comes in handy in bending the grass blades towards your mowing direction. This way, the sun or light’s reflection will create the illusion of patterns.

You will need to fill the roller with sand or water. The choice between filling it with water or sand depends on the type of lawn or soil you have. After this step, you will be ready to produce the stripes on your lawn.

To get started, mow around your lawn’s perimeter by picking a parallel side to the grass edge. On reaching the end of the lawn, change the direction your mower is facing and ensure it faces the opposite direction. You will need to continue moving back and forth until the lawn starts having stripes. And yes, by the end of this process, you will have a beautifully striped lawn.

2. The Checkerboard pattern

This pattern will take your lawn mowing skills a notch higher and upgrade the stripe’s pattern. You will be sure to draw attention and admiration to your lawn with this pattern. And because you are working with stripes once again, you will need a roller. The type of grass you have has an impact on how everything turns out. Statistics suggest that cool-season grass is better for striping than warm-season grass. All in all, it doesn’t hurt to try, no matter your grass type.

To achieve this pattern, you will need to create stripes, the dark and light ones. You’ll mow the grass in one direction and turn your mower in the opposite direction to repeat the process.

So, in this first step, you will be moving from south to north and vice versa. The next step is changing direction to perpendicular, meaning east to west and vice versa. Mow the entire perimeter of your lawn for a finishing touch that will give your grass a look that resembles a frame. The finished product will be an aesthetically pleasing lawn with a checkerboard pattern.

3. The Wavy Pattern

Going for a wavy pattern on your lawn is also another great choice. Waves are a unique lawn pattern. However, you must be very keen and repeatedly follow the first pattern to get the wavy look to achieve this pattern. Primarily, you will need first to create a stripe that is smooth and curvy in nature. This pattern will be difficult because you are aiming at having waves and not straight lines. Therefore, pay attention to the first curve.

This first wavy stripe you create will guide the next set of waves you will be working on. The first wave acts as a foundation for the next set of waves that cumulatively make the pattern. You will need to work very slowly and carefully to end up with a smooth and perfectly finished look. Move your lawn from one end to the next in a curved fashion. Once you get this process right, the result will be a beautiful lawn that will impress you and others a lot.

Man At Chores: Mowing Beautiful Gre...
Man At Chores: Mowing Beautiful Green Garden Lawn
4. The Circular Pattern

For those of us who love being different, this is the pattern to go for. It is ideal for working around trees, circular flower bed areas, or near flagpoles. Therefore, you can choose to have this pattern around trees or flowerbeds and mix it with another beautiful pattern like waves for the rest of your lawn. The secret with this pattern is including the roller attachment on your lawnmower to bend the grass.

To achieve this pattern, you will need to mow your grass in a circular motion. You will need to ensure that the starting point is at the center of your lawn.

If you are creating the pattern around a tree or flower bed, start working from an area closest to the tree as you move away from it. To get the rest of the circles right, continue mowing in alternate directions until you get to the last end of your lawn. This trick is an efficient yet still mowing pattern that will leave your garden with an eye-pleasing look.

5. Diamond Pattern

This pattern sounds as precious as diamonds. It would be interesting to learn how to achieve that diamond pattern on your lawn.

To get an eye-catching diamond pattern, follow these easy steps: Start by moving your lawnmower in a direction that will create the longest diagonal center stripe and make another pass next to it. Go to the edge of your lawn and mow a second stripe in the same direction. You will end up with a light stripe and two other dark stripes next to it.

Continue creating this pattern of one stripe out and two stripes back until you reach the very end of your lawn. Move to the other side of the lawn and repeat the same process. To balance the grass pattern, go over your first lawn stripe in the same direction. The secret is to continue alternating one stripe out and two back until the whole lawn is cut. To get the crossing stripes, make another long diagonal pass between the two corners of the lawn. Add a return cut next to it as you did in the initial stage.

Having gotten this process right for your entire lawn, do a clean-up pass around the pattern to smoothen it and create a sort of frame. In the end, you will have a magnificent lawn with an appealing diamond pattern.

Tips to Remember when Mowing Patterns in Your Lawn

Now that you know the five different ways you can create those beautiful patterns on your lawn, it would be great also to learn some tips that will have you creating patterns like a pro! Here you go:

Ensure that your blade is sharp enough to get perfect even cuts.

Set a speed to mow your lawn and remain consistent with that speed to boost uniformity.

Your grass and lawnmower should start working on the patterns when the grass is dry.

Find a straight feature around your lawn like the driveway or sidewalk that will act as a point of reference, especially when mowing straight patterns.

Choose grass types that are easy to work with. For instance, cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass are richer, greener, and easy to bend than warm-season grass. Any grass will work but for better pattern definitions, use cool-season grass.

To intensify the visual effect of your stripes, bend the grass further to the ground using your roller.

Another important tip is exercising caution with your equipment. Ensure your toes are as far away from the lawnmower as possible. This way, you’ll avoid any accidents in your efforts to achieving beautiful lawns.

To create darker lawn stripes, mow the grass at a taller height. This trick will make the blades more flexible to bend.


Nothing beats the beauty and satisfaction that comes with consistently having those beautiful patterns on your lawn. And it is not just about the beauty; mowing patterns in your lawn will help you minimize the chances of damage to your lawn by reducing compaction. Additionally, it will ensure your lawn stays healthier and hide some of the imperfections it may have. So, what are you waiting for? Experiment with the methods and the tips we have shared in this blog post, and start seeing your lawn with a new and different lens. What’s more, adopting the methods and tips shared here could easily make your lawn the talk and envy of the neighborhood.

Mowing is an exciting task, but it’s not an easy physical task. If you’re a beginner, I wrote an article on how to mow a lawn for beginners. You can read it here.

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