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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by haney, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. haney

    haney LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    What is the trick to making the stripes in the yard when you mow.:usflag:

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    back and forth
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    i buy a shade of dark green paint and then a can of slightly lighter. I set the nozzle tips for 60" swath and turn on the light green on the first pass. then I switch back to dark green for the return pass. repeat as many times as necessary. Don't forget to keep an eye on your paint level, you wouldn't want to run out in the middle of a yard!

    just kidding. Sorry, I can't sleep for some reason tonight. there are a lot of factors that effect striping, 1) type of grass, 2) your mower, 3) deck pitch, 4) lawn quality, 5)viewing angle.
  4. haney

    haney LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    I looked a little further down the page and someone was talking about a tow behind unit. Is that what causes the stripes? I am just starting out so I wasn't sure how it was done. thank you though.:usflag:
  5. DylanK

    DylanK LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    stripes are caused when the grass blades get bent... the tow behind unit might have been a roller where it would roll over the grass, bend the blades in the direction you go, and have the effect of striping
  6. Tn Lawn Man

    Tn Lawn Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    You have to use paint?? What an amatuer.

    I do not even have to mow the yard. I simply pull my monster mower near the turf area and the blades of grass bend and adjust their height in the correct direction out of shear respect for the awesome power of the Toro.:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
  7. NewbieNC

    NewbieNC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 67

    Stripes are like crop circles...they just kinda happen.
  8. KB Klippers

    KB Klippers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    Go to the search page and do a search on stripes or striping. You will see many posts on this topic.:)
  9. haney

    haney LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    Thank you for the help! Like I said I am new and I'm trying to get some useful info from the pros.Thanks.
  10. Tn Lawn Man

    Tn Lawn Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    In all seriousness, stripes are caused by bending certain types of grass in one direction.

    To accomplish this you need to meet a few criteria.

    1. The correct type of grass. Grasses like fescue stripe well where bermuda does not.

    2. The correct height. When grass is taller it tends to stripe better. I cut mostly between 3 1/2 to 4 inches. You can stripe shorter, but it is just more difficult.

    3. Make each pass in the opposite direction. Read this http://www.scag.com/lawnstriping.html

    4. Having a striping kit on your mower helps, but is not necessary. Read this http://www.scag.com/tigerstriper.html

    Hope this helps

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