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which direction for striping

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 1999frontier, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    I'm trying to figure out which direction of mowing will give me the most defined stripes on my lawn. I know the sun has a lot to do with it but I thought I would ask.

    If you draw a square or rectangle(representing front lawn) the sun comes up in the top left corner of square/rectangle. Then will move to top right, bottom right. Maybe I'm trying to get too technical. I cut it mostly during the afternoon when the sun is at the right side to bottom right corner. I've been cutting at 3.5" but yesterday I mowed at 4". Any help?
  2. CTmower

    CTmower LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 324

    My stripes all depend on the posistion of the house and the property. I usually try and make mine most visible while driving by the property so I usually try and set up straight up and down line then a nice diagnal line over the top of that. Sometimes if the house has a long curvey driveway I'll follow that. I definitely think your over thinking striping, just lay down what you think will look best!
  3. jhawk60

    jhawk60 LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 241

    For the stripes to show throughout most of the day you would want a diagonal pattern in this direction:


    To show up more distinctively while you are mowing a simple left to right-right to left pattern would do it.
  4. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,431

    I agree with the above poster that said about making the stripes most visible from the road. I do the same thing. I do think quite a bit about exact angle and wish direction to go a particular week, so the OP is not alone is over thinking the situation.
  5. Robert Pruitt

    Robert Pruitt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    be sure you change your mowing direction so you do not set up a tire pattern.
  6. Robert Pruitt

    Robert Pruitt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    you can cut four different directions, the stripe is shown best with the sun at your back. see above. you can see three different (lighter) stripes.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i change up the mowing direction every week
  8. CincyWolf

    CincyWolf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    Someone needs to offer a community college class on The Science of Lawn Striping. In fact, I think I'll develop the course and license it to all community colleges across the country. The best part is that everyone on Lawnsite.com will get to attend the 2 week course (2 days per week) for a discounted price of only $89.

    If there is enough interest I'll work with Lawnsite to help distribute it via the internet for those of you that learn better on a computer vs. in a classroom.
  9. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    Diagonal looks the best I have found, but is not practical on some properties. Just do what looks good and keep trying new things.
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    It takes practice.

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