Lawn mowing patterns techniques are numerous and an exciting way of adding some personality to your lawn. You can create many patterns using a lawn mower and a lawn roller, from simple stripes to complicated diamonds.

How To Make Lawn Mowing Patterns Techniques

This guide will discuss the six main patterns that all lawn owners must master. Find professional lawn mowing techniques for making elegant curves and striking checks in this step-by-step guide.

How To Make Lawn Mowing Patterns Techniques?

To make lawn mowing patterns you must adjust the right roller at first, and then start from the sides of the lawn and make perpendicular edges. Lastly, you should make sure that you would overlap the strips in a neat manner. 

Making lawn stripes on the grass is the easiest pattern and takes the least time and effort. Whether you are a proud owner of a push mower or a riding type one, this basic pattern is one all lawn owners need to have mastered.

– Adjust the Right Roller

For lawn striping, you need a mower with a roller attached to its rear side to flatten the grass blades in one direction as you cut them.

Adjust the Right Roller

Most lawnmowers do not come attached to a roller; you must purchase and install one separately.

– Start From The Side of the Lawn

To create the perfect stripes, first set one side of your lawn as the starting point. This could be a wall on one side of the house or a fence on one side of the lawn. Your stripes need to be perpendicular to this starting point.

Now, when you start with the first stripe by mowing in a straight line, and then you must come back the same by making another stripe immediately next to it. Use something like a string or grass paint to ensure that each stripe is the same width.

– Overlap the Strips

Try to overlap each stripe very slightly to prevent leaving a line of grass uncut between two stripes. This doesn’t look good and can only rectify by destroying the pattern. When you reach the end of one stripe, make sure to avoid sharp or round turns to avoid messing up the parallel stripes.

Overlap the Strips

In small-sized lawns, it is difficult to turn the mower properly at the end of each stripe, so it’s best first to mow the entire periphery of the lawn.

Keep alternating between your stripes because making the same stripes over and over again will eventually disrupt the growth of the grass. 

How To Make Curves On A Lawn?

To make curves on a lawn, you must start from turning the mower to make curves. It would be a better choice if you start from the corners first of your lawn, and then you should move to the next curve.

– Start By Turning the Mower

Curves are created the same way as the stripes, except that instead of making straight cuts, you turn the mower around to make curves. With this technique, you can make any curve to create gorgeous patterns.

Start By Turning the Mower

A curve pattern can be made more easily if the lawn is bigger and spacious so that you have more freedom of movement.

– Start From the Corner

You can start from any corner of the lawn and make a long and smooth curve.  The first curve you mow will serve as the guide along which the rest will be mowed. That is why this curve must be subtle and not too twisted, and it would be according to how big you wish for the curve to be in parallel to the length and the width of your lawn.

– Move to the Next Curve

Once you reach the end of the first curve, turn the mower 180 degrees and start mowing the next curve next to it but this time in the opposite direction. Continue the steps as mentioned above until you cover the whole of the lawn, and try to be consistent with following the pattern of the first curve, 

Move to the Next Curve

In this case, you should remember that every time you change the direction of the mower, try to make a discreet turn and overlap the adjacent curve slightly.

How To Make A Crisscross Pattern?

To make crisscross pattern, you must start by moving diagonally, and then make some perpendicular strips. A crisscross pattern is horizontal and vertical stripes created on the grass but diagonally instead of straight. This method first makes stripes from north to south and superimposes them from east to west.

– Move Diagonally

Start mowing and rolling from one corner of the lawn and strip it diagonally, making neat and straight columns.

Move Diagonally

You can take help from a string to keep your first few stripes straight and then use these as a guide for the rest of the lawn.

– Make Perpendicular Strips

Once you are done with making diagonal stripes from one side of the lawn to the next, make perpendicular stripes over them, and you will get a gorgeous crisscross pattern in no time.

A crisscross pattern gives the lawn an edgy look under bright light and a gentle breeze. It helps to outline the whole lawn by taking the mower all around its boundary. This pattern is as easy to make as a basic stripe one.

How To Mow Circle Patterns on The Lawn?

To mow circle patterns on the lawn, you must start by making big circle, and moving then inside and outside, and lastly, when you reach a boundary, stop and adjust to your space. Mowing grass in circles is often the most efficient way of making patterns on their lawn. 

This way is most applicable, especially if the lawn is any other shape than a strict square or rectangular, then circular stripes look very neat. There are two main techniques to make a circular pattern in any lawn.

– Make Big Circles

The method number is to make a big circle encompassing the lawn and progressively smaller circles inside this one. In our experience, this way is much easier to carry out because of the bigger first circle.

Make Big Circles

You can also make these circles by setting a tree as a reference or as a focal point and mow a circle around it, you can wrap it with a rope if you want more help. Remember that while making each subsequent stripe, you need to change the direction of the mower. 

– Move Inside and Outside

After mowing each circle, you must move the mower carefully inside or outside in the opposite direction to create perfect circles. There are two important factors to remember while mowing stripes in circles. One is to cut very slowly because even a slight misstep can ruin the circle. The second thing is to always overlap the last circle with the new one because mowing in circles creates much wider stripes. 

– Reach the Boundary

Making a spiral is a much easier variation of the circular mowing patterns techniques. Start with a focal point within the lawn and start mowing in circles around it until the boundary of the lawn is reached.

Reach the Boundary

Then, if you have more space, you can move to a different directly, or if the area is covered, then you are done. 

How To Create A Checkerboard Pattern?

To create a checkerboard pattern on your lawn, you must begin by mowing the entire lawn, and create some vertical stripes first and the move to perpendicular ones. Lastly, make sure that you are mowing the peripheral areas to cover the whole grounds.

Have you ever looked at a lawn with a checkered pattern and marveled at how complicated it looks? The answer is that it is much simpler to execute because it is only a variation of the good old striping patterns that you must be an expert in now. 

– Mow the Entire Lawn

Please take out your rolling mower and first mow the entire periphery of the lawn with it.

Mow the Entire Lawn

A riding mower will help make this pattern much faster than a push-type one.

– Create Vertical Stripes

After you have mowed, now is the time to run the lawn in a vertical direction all over the place in any route you want to use the simple stripes’ technique. Take care that each stripe is of the same width and no patch of grass is left uncut between adjacent stripes.

– Create Perpendicular Stripes

Once your vertical stripes are complete, it is time to make similar stripes that are perpendicular to the vertical stripes. For example, if your vertical stripes were directed from north to south, the horizontal ones should be from east to west.

– Mow the Peripheral Areas

Whenever you have to turn the mower around for the next stripe, do it in the periphery area that was mowed the first.

Mow the Peripheral Areas

This way, all the squares of your checkered pattern will have neat and sharp corners.

How To Make A Zigzag Pattern?

To make a zigzag pattern on the lawn you must start by selecting the shade of the side you would have to start with. Afterward, mow on the brighter shade, and lastly, skip the darker shade when you are running the mower again, as it would create this pattern.

The zigzag is a variation of the standard crisscross pattern and is one of the more confusing patterns. Try to plan all the steps on paper and keep them with you, so you can understand while working.

– Select the Shade of the Side

Before beginning your mowing, select a side of the lawn first and decide whether you will make dark or light stripes first. Whether you go for light or dark stripes depends on the direction of the grass blades and the sunlight.

Select the Shade of the Side

Make alternating dark and light vertical stripes all over the lawn in one direction first. Then turn this pattern into a crisscross by creating stripes perpendicular to the earlier stripes.

– Mow on the Brighter Shade

Next, it’s time to convert this pattern into a zigzag by choosing any light-colored stripe as the starting point and mowing on it again. Then skip the dark stripe adjacent to it and get on the next light one. Now turn the mower at an angle of exactly 90 degrees on this light stripe.

– Skip the Darker Shade

Cross the adjacent dark stripe at 90 degrees and enter the light one. Again turn the next dark one and cross the light one perpendicularly.

Skip the Darker Shade

This is the basic pattern you know you need to keep repeating until you get perfect zigzag stripes. 

How To Make Diamond Pattern On Lawn?

To make a diamond pattern on lawn, you must start by making diagonal stripes, and make sure you would create a darker and lighter shades of the grass, afterward, you must run the mower in a perpendicular route, to make the prefect diamond shape. 

The next time you take out a mower for a weekly lawn care session, try making a diamond-shaped pattern instead. The way sunlight is reflected from this pattern, the lawn looks regally magnificent.

– Make Diagonal Stripes

One way to make diamonds is to start by making a diagonal stripe across the center of the lawn and another one next to it.

Make Diagonal Stripes

There is another simpler method of making a diamond mowing pattern in which you first make straight stripes on the lawn. Then cut these lines by making alternate dark and light diagonal stripes across them.

– Create Darker and Lighter Shades

Then move to one corner of the lawn to create one light and two dark stripes in the same diagonal direction. This is essential to create different shades, and to put some shape to the shape you are aiming to draw with.

– Repeat This Perpendicularly 

Repeat this same pattern on the opposite end of the lawn. When repeating this pattern, mow the new stripes across the first ones perpendicularly.

Repeat This Perpendicularly

Try to keep the angle of the diagonal stripes at no more than 45 degrees to that of the first one. After you reach the end part, you would see them in a bold way, and you would continue running rounds. 


The best lawn mowing patterns are those that look best on your lawn. Some people prefer to keep things simple by making straight vertical stripes, while others prefer the more complicated diamond and crisscross patterns. We conclude this guide by discussing all the cool patterns to cut grass in.

  • The easiest pattern to cut the grass and maintain it is to make alternating dark and white stripes in a straight line using a mower and a roller.
  • By making horizontal stripes perpendicular to the first ones, you turn basic stripes into a checkered pattern.
  • If the lawn is irregular or round, make a circular mowing pattern either inwards or outwards.

In this complete guide, you learned seven patterns in which to mow your lawn and have light reflected off its grass blades. Try making all of them, from simpler patterns to more complicated ones. You will never go back to simple mowing ever again.

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