Zamboni pattern lawn mowing is a unique type of pattern inspired by a machine. You should be made aware of the existence of this pattern as it is rare.

Zamboni Pattern Lawn Mowing

This article aims to give you a detailed overview of what this pattern is all about.

Please find out how to make this spectacular pattern on your lawn in our step-by-step method given below.

What Is A Zamboni Pattern Lawn Mowing?

💥 The Zamboni pattern lawn mowing is a unique style of cutting and rolling grass blades inspired by how the machine resurfaces the ice rinks between each game, but on the grass. It relies on three aspects, the lawn mower you choose, the mowing kit you choose, and the grass type.


In its simplest form, this pattern comprises interlocking rectangles with a single straight line mow across the center. This machine makes a beautiful pattern as it moves rapidly across the ice rink while resurfacing it. When recreated by a mower on a lawn, this same pattern is called the Zamboni mowing pattern. This is a beautiful pattern to stripe your lawn in and helps finish the task much faster.

Making different patterns with stripes is good for the health of the grass. It allows you to keep longer blades which promotes root growth underneath. Because these longer blades are bent using a roller, they do not get damaged as you would expect longer grass too. Striping in this pattern also helps to hide any problems or imperfections that might be present in the lawn.

– Choose A Lawn Mower First

Technically, you can make lawn mowing patterns with any mower you own. Even if you have the simplest reel type of push mower, you can still make a pretty neat pattern. The only problem with push-type mowers is that they must be pushed by force all over the lawn. 

Choose a Lawn Mower

We have one big problem with using push-type mowers for making good patterns. Once you start with a push mower, you are full of energy and vigor. The quality of the grass being mowed decreases as the person mowing gets tired.

On the other hand, when you choose a riding mower or a self-propelled one, these will give the same quality of grass cut evenly throughout the lawn. This point is yet more pertinent when the lawn size is large because one cannot be expected to create patterns over a large area with a manual mower.

A disadvantage of a riding-style mower is that it tends to miss grass spots while making turns all the way back. You will have to return to these patches, which can sometimes mess up the entire pattern. A zero-turn mower is the best way to mow the lawn and create patterns. It can turn on its axis and creates very fine edges.

– Lawn Mowing Kit

Using a mower to cut grass while making this pattern is not enough, the reason why is that each stripe of grass that is cut needs to be bent in a particular direction to create Zamboni rectangles. If you have a lawn roller, you can easily create any pattern in a few minutes, otherwise, you must take out some bucks and invest in a good-quality roller kit, so that the process would turn out in a smoother way. 

These are widely available in all types and price ranges, and to elaborate further, these rollers can be attached to any standard mower and used like a lawn rolling machine. It is even possible to make some DIY striping rollers using PVC pipes with a diameter of your choice, which would vary the design just slightly. 

What you can do is to stuff something inside these pipes and close the ends to give them weight for rolling. Another option is to see if a neighbor or a local hardware store owner will lend you their lawn roller for a day. Once the grass has been mowed in this pattern, it will need frequent rollings to keep it bent in proper positions.

 – Invest in the Right Grass

It is much easier to maintain this pattern if the grass in question is cool-growing. These grasses are softer and more malleable than warm-growing ones. They are also more vibrant in color, generally speaking. You will get a more striking pattern with Kentucky bluegrass or the Perennial ryegrass than a Zoysia or Bermuda.

Invest in the Right Grass

The grass matters because when you are drawing this pattern demands you to make lines as straight as possible to create the perfect rectangles. Having walls or a fence around the lawn will help you make fine rectangles. If not, then take help from any concrete structure nearby, like the sidewalk or the driveway. 

To keep the pattern for as long as you like, you must revise it every week or every second week. Otherwise, the bent blades will spring straight back up again. After a month, you must change the direction of the grass blades. Otherwise, you will permanently affect the grass’s growth in one direction.

How To Make A Zamboni Pattern?

To make a Zamboni pattern on grass you must first create a border, and work with the grass mechanism in a proper way. After doing so, you must lift the deck this is to reach to all parts of the lawn without mowing the grass any further. 

Making a this pattern is simple, of course if you know how to handle a mower and can mow in straight lines, there is no reason why you should not make a perfect Zamboni on your very first try.

– Create a Border

The first step is to create a border along the entire periphery of the lawn. This is very important to do as it gives your lawn a beautiful appearance once it is finished. Make two to three passes along the lawn’s boundary with the mower in this step.

– Work With the Grass Mechanism

While making the boundary, turn the grass-catching mechanism of the mower on. If that is not possible, then mow the perimeter in a counterclockwise direction. Otherwise, the grass clippings will blow onto the lawn’s body and interfere with mowing.

Work with the Grass Mechanism

Once the outline is complete, mow a straight line right in the center of the lawn. This is the central line of the pattern that will determine the location of all other lines.

Having a good-quality roller is essential for making an effective Zamboni-type pattern. It would be best if you bent straight stripes and then rolled them in opposite directions to create the classic ice rink effect. It’s okay if your mower does not come with a built-in roller, as you can always buy one and attach it to the mower by yourself.

– Lift the Deck

Once you have mowed the central line, go back to the border area but this time, lift the deck. We aim to use this border area to get to other parts of the lawn without further mowing its grass.

Go to the extreme left or the right side of the lawn, drop down the deck and mow a straight line from one end to the next. The distance of this line from the lawn’s end should be approximately the size of your mower.

Lift the deck and go to the opposite end of the lawn to make another line, just like the first one. You are going to create rectangles that are smaller and smaller in size until the center is reached. 

This pattern might sound confusing for beginners, so it always helps to make it out on a piece of paper first. Stay calm about not getting a perfect Zamboni after your first try. After a couple of times of practice, you will get the hang of this pattern, and the result will be spectacular.


1. Should Grass Be Cut Long Or Short For Zamboni?

The most suitable height range for cutting grass in a Zamboni pattern is between two to three and a half inches. Grass cannot be cut shorter than two inches because this would affect the root system underground. Grass kept taller than three and a half inches is at risk of breakdown from trampling. 

The ideal height for mowing largely depends on the type of grass being grown. Warm-season grasses can be cut shorter than cool-season ones at the height of one inch, although we would not recommend it.

2. Why Is This Mowing Pattern Called Zamboni?

This pattern is so called because it has been named after the Italian inventor Zamboni. Zamboni also invented the ice resurfacing machine that is famously named after him. The pattern that this machine creates while working is what the pattern tries to mimic in the grass. 


We want to conclude this mowing guide by reiterating some useful points.

  • The Zamboni-style pattern mimics how the Zamboni machine resurfaces an ice skating rink during winter games.
  • Any mower can make this pattern, but the best results are obtained from a zero-turn one, while a push-type mower takes the most time.
  • Before making the mower, ensure that the grass is at least two inches tall and in good health.
  • Create an outline of the whole lawn first, then start making the characteristic Zamboni rectangles inside.

You have now gained enough knowledge and confidence to make this unique pattern. Refer to our tips and tricks section for help if you get stuck somewhere.

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