This is my first season with a commercial mower. The grass is far from lush but it's just now starting to grow a little. It's enough to make some mild stripes in the yard though. When it really gets growing well in April it'll be sooo easy to get those nice stripes. I'm not the best at keeping the lines straight, but there are a lot of slopes, bumps and hills around here so I do the best I can. This is in my in-law's front yard and my yard is in the distance. I mowed their yard too. Mowed at 2.75" And this is part of my front yard. I go sideways across the hill.