What Pattern to Choose

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DAZ982500, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. DAZ982500

    DAZ982500 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    When you cut a lawn, do have any specific pattern you choose to lay down to make it look great.Provided all equipment is in good working condition(blades sharp, good machine).I bring this up because last year I saw a LCO cutting the back of property,about a 1/2 acre lawn, with a vertical back and forth cut then in the a diagonal pattern in the front of the yard were all the traffic went by.I did'nt think it mattered given you could'nt see the back of lawn just wondering if anyone has seen this or does this or who gives a cr*p.Dave.
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Around the parameter twice and then back and forth, alternating every other week. Depending the layout, sometimes it just doesn't make sense to alternate. If that is the case, I will try to stagger or offset the cutting pattern not to drive over the same wheel marks each time.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Like Matt said, we alternate each week. Gotta love watching the homeowners doing it "race track" style.:laugh:
  4. palawnman

    palawnman LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 159

    I try to put as many diff stripes on a lawn as possible (at least 2 sometimes 3 if possible), as long as it will look nice. I wont do stripes in a way that it will take too much longer (if a certain way, the stripes end up shorter and alot more) The first time I cut a lawn I try to stripe in the direction that I think that the homeowner can see it the best. So that when they come home it kinda greets them, more noticable.

  5. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    I had a customer refer to it as the "circle jerk" method.:laugh:
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Quadra-directional. We do two borders, then cut in our direction. Week 1 N-S. Week 2.E-W Week 3. NW-SE Week4 NE-SW. The diagonals are cut at 45. The initial cuts are cut exactly parallel or perpendicular to the house...NOT the driveway, not the fenceline, not the curbline, and not the property line.
  7. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    good point runner, i hate when stripes are a little off from parallel or perpendicular to the house because they followed a prop line or hedge line or drive.
    DAZ-I think the most important part of your stripes should be that you do some sort of alternating every time or two cutting the lawn to prevent ruts form the tires. As long as the finished product looks good it doesnt matter what pattern the stripes make.
  8. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    When possible I try to alternate every week. Like this, ||, //, =, \\
  9. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,282

    When I want a really great stripping afect I'll go in the same direction for a couple of weeks, then the stripes are in there for good. Then i'll start going in other directions.

    It you go in the same direction for a month, the strips will be so everyone will look twice at it.
  10. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    Same here, except I alternate 4 different ways, every week.

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