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stripes or rows

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by awm, Apr 5, 2002.

  1. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    been looking at some work by several lcos.
    its obvious that they think they are leaving stripes.
    what they are leaving looks more like rows to me.
    a stripe is caused by different reflection of the sun on every other row.in their case its their tires that are leaving little stripes on each side of the cut.
    im certainly no expert at stripes as i first heard of it on this forum.
    but i do know how to lay dn a fair stripe if the customer will let me. lot of country folks here dont care for it.
  2. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    striping really isnt caused by sun reflection. its caused by the mower deck laying the grass down in the direction you are mowing after the grass has been cut by the blades. when you stripe it gives you that affect that the grass has almost been painted, but its really just the grass being layed down in certain directions. maybe somebody else can explain it better than me though.
  3. Nick

    Nick Banned
    Messages: 180

    Yes it is the reflection of the light hitting the grass bent in a different direction. When it looks light or whitish the grass is bent away from you and dark when it is bent towards you.
  4. nu83

    nu83 LawnSite Member
    from omaha
    Messages: 238

    It is both, the light reflects diferently becase the grass is laid down, either away from the person viewing or towards.
  5. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    i can sometimes see mine in the dark though...:confused:
  6. ceaman

    ceaman LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 131

    Are you using radioactive fertilizer?
  7. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    yep ,thats what striping is alright. the post was directed at the
    those that aparently think its just cutting srait rows.
    nothin wrong with that,but just to inform.
  8. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    I can see my STRIPES in the dark too, not so much in the complete dark but just before dark when you can just barely see anything. The stripes show up pretty good then. Too dark and they won't show up even in headlights. I've tried this different ways mowing when it's too late to mow really lol. Ran outta time. Just get your spacing right when mowing at dark and you'll see them next day.
  9. MuskTurfKing

    MuskTurfKing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    Sure wish I had lawns that would stripe here, occasionally in a nice commercial area you can see some light stripes when they're on a perfect fert program and it's a fescue or other cool weather grass.


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