1. Ask the Expert: Fertilization Strategies for Success: Dec. 12, 2017
    Learn how to do more with less when it comes to your fertilization services. Join the live Ask the Expert event hosted by Koch Turf & Ornamental: Dec. 12, 12-2 p.m. ET in the Fertilizer Application forum .


Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by copperuger, Feb 24, 2002.

  1. copperuger

    copperuger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Newbie here.....What makes the stripes of a yard look like different colors. One looks bright green and the other looks dark. Is it the direction you cut or the height of the mower?
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Yes, and Yes
  3. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    the ones that were cut going away from you are lighter, the ones cut coming towards you are darker, the effect is enhanced by attaching a roller or chains behind the mower to bend the blades of grass over more:)
  4. cuttingedgelawncare

    cuttingedgelawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    the way you mow causes the grass to lay over in the same direction......the key is getting the grass to lay over, but it is actually the sun that creates that drastic effect...unless you just have an outstanding lawn then it will stripe regardles of the position of the sun.....we have some sparse lawns and the stripes look best in the morning and evening, seems to have a deeper shade at those times
  5. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    i can see the ones in my yard at night!
  6. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    Then the effects are from SOME light source.
  7. Ive seen some of ours when sun would shine at mid day not show up good
    Then a cloud would block the sun and they showed up beautifull.
    So i do think the light has something to do with it.
  8. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Same thing happens when you vaccuum a carpet, especially medium-dark shades of blue seem to really work.. Go one way, it's one color, go the other and it's something slightly different.

    Angle of the light hitting it..
  9. Cowman65

    Cowman65 Banned
    Messages: 9

    yeah that is some great info but you can find alot more by using a little thing called SEARCH:)
  10. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    Your are not changing the color of the grass are you?

    We are talking about lawn striping using a roller and a mower. Not fertilizing striping.

    The angle that the light hits the grass produces the stripes. Changing the direction of the grass blade will reflect the light in different ways.

Share This Page