Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jimmbo407, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. jimmbo407

    jimmbo407 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    What makes the best stripes. The species of turf-grass of the thickness. I had a customer ask me this (stripes are very important to him as well as me). I have been reading about this and really haven't come up with anything. So I guess that's the question is it the species or how well you aerate and seed, or a combo of both. I await the years of experience you all have to offer on this problem.
  2. JMB

    JMB LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 51

  3. ProLawns

    ProLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    I don't strip for anyone.
  4. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    turf type, water content, height, growing season, mowing speed , kits or rollers that pronounce the direction. Basically it is caused by the light reflecting off the top or being absorbed.
  5. wowlawncare

    wowlawncare LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 62

    In my experience fescue is a great grass to stripe. The broad leaf leaves a nice line. As for stripers, they are all the same to me. Its the operator. Ive seen roolers, chains and belts all do awesome. I use chains. The weight works. They are much cheaper then roolers and will last MUCH longer. No bearings or breaking. If you loose a link jsut replace it. No big deal and keep going.
  6. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    Bluegrass stripes excellent
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Overall, cool season grasses like fescue and bluegrass stripe the best IMO.
  8. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    What if you are not using a rider? Can you just drag the chains by hand on smaller lawns? No one here stripes, it would be a nice option for my clients.
  9. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    If your using a walkbehind mower you can still attach a stripe kit to it.
  10. wowlawncare

    wowlawncare LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 62

    You can fashon any type of striper for almost every mower. They even make em for push mowers. There is many sites that sell aftermarket stripers. What mower do you use?

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