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Old 07-10-2013, 01:23 PM
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this is the only yard where my stripes show up

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I don't know if this picture is going to show, up im not good at computer stuff,

but anyways its Bermuda/st Augustine. its a southern grass of course, I live in south ga. normally we cut our stuff around here 2-3 inches. but I figured out with this particular lawn, it looks WAY better to cut high (for a southern grass) at 3.5 inches, than it does cutting normal at 2.5. 2.5 on this lawn I have posted scalps the mess out of it. I have other lawns with this same grass type, but theres looks good cutting at 2-2.5. why is this one different?

why does this one show the stripes so well? every other lawn I mow does not stripe at all, all it is, is tire tracks. I don't have a stripe kit.

im just wondering, thanks for reading.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:30 PM
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In my experience it is easier to stripe any grass at higher heights because it is easier to more or less bend over the grass which causes the light to reflect off of the blades differently which gives you that light vs dark look on stripes
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:39 PM
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Agreed. The taller the grass, the longer the blades, the more there is to bend and reflect the light, giving it the striped appeareance. It's all surface area.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:18 PM
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hard to mow yards that tall in the south. it will look shaggy after you mow it and like you didn't even mow it in a day or two.

it must be the st. augustine mixed in there. that grass you are supposed to mow taller than normal southern grasses like bermuda, zoysia, and centipede.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:06 AM
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Mine do pretty well for the most part. 90% of my lawns that actually have grass are St.Augustine. A couple have bermuda, two have fescue in the front, and one is fescue on half of the front. I've been mowing the fescue at 2.5", St.Aug at 3", and bermuda at 2". We're cookin' at 100* regularly now, with watering only once a week.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:18 AM
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You need to mow high AND...

In the direction of the sun, either away from it or towards it.
The sun needs to hit those stripes straight on, it's a wonder they even show in that picture above, the lines are almost perpendicular to the tree shadows and that means your stripes are not lined up with the light from the sun.

What they said, it's a light effect.

Shine the light (of the sun) in the direction of your stripes.
Better yet, mow the stripes in the direction away or towards the sun.

Keep in mind, the sun moves throughout the day.
I have learned thus to study my yards, which way the light from the sun hits it.
It takes practice to lay them down good.
Even more practice to lay them down good every time.
And more still to lay them down good without even thinking about it.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:06 AM
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this lawn does NOT look shaggy after I cut it. the scalp of it (the brown part I guess) lies at around 2.5 inches, because when I cut it at 2.5 inches, it scalped it all over. im only cutting it 1 inch above the scalp. why is the scalp so high here?? I have other lawns with this same grass type, but I can cut them at 2 inches, and it doesn't scalp it at all, and looks good.

another thing, this lawn is very lush. we had a horrible drought last year. about 3 months with no rain, and this one was just as green and lush as if it had been raining every day. no irrigation, no sprinklers, no fert. it doesn't need it. used to be a house here where a pond used to be there long, long ago. like maybe 100 or so years ago. maybe this has something to do with it?
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:52 PM
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I get stripes on some of my st Augustine yards including my own yard
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