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custom striping?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by leadfists, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. leadfists

    leadfists LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    a client wants me to stripe HAPPY 18 in the middle of his lawn he says he layed it out with flags for my 60" but im not sure if it will turn out well has anyone tried this?
     
  2. fatjack

    fatjack LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    It's tough to get it all readable; for example, any letter or number that has a circle shape in it will have one side of the circle dark (mowed towards you) and the other side light (mowed away from you). In the message he's requesting the "P"s and the "8" will be like this. You don't really need to mow to make a stripe, you can do it with a roller; I'd maybe consider doing this one by hand.
    FJ
     
  3. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,316

    When doing a pattern or words like that, it helps to stop every so often, and stand back and look at it to make sure it's alright. The best situation would be if you had a deck, or even a ladder going up to the customer's roof to view your artwork - it's amazing how off a design can get when you can only see it at ground level.
     
  4. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,200

    Just lower the blades for that section. That way it'll stand out regardless of direction mowed.
     
  5. Baseballer1100

    Baseballer1100 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 220

    If i were you. I would use the back of a broom or the back of a rake. I wouldn't use a mower regardless its not going to look good. If he wants something like that i would suggest athletic field spray paint or lowering the deck like already mentioned and try cutting it out but whether that will be aesthetically pleasing is questionable.
     
  6. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    When I did the american flag in my lawn on the 4th of july I used a back of rake and a very stiff broom. I also watered the area to make the stripes really stand out. This is something you really should do by hand if you want it to look good. For me to do the one star (about 25 feet across) and the section around it took about 2.5 hours.
     
  7. Green Team Landscaping

    Green Team Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,089

    pics please?
     
  8. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

  9. Green Team Landscaping

    Green Team Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,089

  10. leadfists

    leadfists LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    ill try the rake idea and how much would u charge an hour for this
     

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