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how many times should you mow the same pattern in the same direction in order to make good stripes.???

such as north south, for two weeks in a row then,
east west, for two weeks in a row.
then repeat the pattern again.?

please give me some hints.
thanks
aaron

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Good stripes do not require repetitive mowing in the same channels. Good mowing practice dictates changing mowing directions in order to avoid laying the grass repeatedly in one direction. (and forming tire ruts) Mow in your desired stripe pattern. The end result is what you get. Change direction the next week for a healthy turf (and variable stripe pattern)
 

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OK, what I do is this....say I have a new lawn, never striped....I start in the first direction that is most visible. Next week when I come back, if the stripes are gone, same direction again. I keep on doing that eack week until the stripes are still visible the next week OR until tire tracks warrent a change in direction.

Also on accounts that are cut much faster in a particular direction, it try to get by with the fast way as much as possible.

Anyways, once those stripes are burnt in....when I change direction, I cut at a 45 across those stripes instead of cutting a 90. This way I find that it does not cut the old stripes out as much.
 

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I change direction each week where I can. I can usually see my stripes from the last week (or 2 or 3) . I go side to side, angle left, up and down. angle right, then side to side again.
 

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I change my direction by 45 degrees each week. Do like envy said earlier if your stripes disappear from one week to the next. Once you have the initial stripes established then you can start changing direction.
 
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