DIY Lawn Striper Ideas & How to Make One

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If you are a homeowner that wants to make their lawn look great, keep reading. This guide will give you DIY lawn striper ideas. Plus, you’ll find out how to make one.

We’ll give you instructions on a DIY lawn striper for a riding mower. Your lawn will be the envy of the neighborhood. People might approach you and ask what your secret is.

Striping your lawn will give it that aesthetic look. Plus, it can even increase the curb appeal and improve the health of your lawn. Let’s dive right in and show you how it’s down so you can be a lawn striping master.

What is lawn striping?

Lawn striping applies to various patterns for your lawn. These can include your regular stripes as well as checkerboard patterns. You may even create custom patterns of your own if you so choose.

Striping will have grass in two different shades: dark and light. The lighter shades are created by sunlight reflecting off the blades. The blades bent towards you will have that dark look.

Lawn Striping Ideas

Let’s take a look now at the following lawn striper ideas that you can put to good use:

  1. Basic stripe pattern

The simple, basic stripe pattern. This will be one of the best options if you are using a DIY lawn striper kit. Mow the perimeter of your property by moving in opposite directions as you go (star on one end, down the next segment, and repeat until at the other end). Go over the perimeter one more time to correct any regularities and make it look clean.

  1. Checkerboard

Mow the perimeter and move in opposite directions. Instead of going up and down like the first idea, you will need to go left to right. If you mow north to south, you’ll need to mow east to west.

Then, you can complete the job by going around the perimeter once again to correct imperfections. After that, you should be done.

For best results, use a PVC pipe DIY lawn striper. 

  1. Zig-zag pattern

The prerequisite pattern you’ll need to create is the checkerboard (or our next pattern, diagonal). Once you have that done, you can then work on creating the zig-zag. To do this, you’ll want to choose a light stripe as your starting point.

Then carefully turn to the dark stripes and continue towards another light stripe. Turn the mower again on a light stripe 90 degrees to the right. Move to the next dark stripe and then on a light one. 

Then, do another 90-degree turn, this time to the left. Repeat this process until you have gone through the entire perimeter.

  1. Diagonal or Crisscross

This design will use the same technique you used for the checkerboard pattern. The only difference is that you will be going in a diagonal direction on the perimeter. Be sure to go around the perimeter to correct imperfections before it’s completed.

  1. Wavy pattern

This will be similar to the zig-zag pattern. However, you’re doing it in a wave. This will be a challenging stripe pattern. For best results, use a garden or the end of your driveway as your starting point and gently make the turns when necessary.

Go up one side and make a wave, then switch to the other side of the previous stripe and go in the opposite direction but make the same wave-like motion.

What are the benefits of striping your lawn?

Now that you have five of the best ideas to choose from, we’re going to take a look at the following benefits. Striping your lawn will be great for so many reasons. Here’s what the benefits are:

  1. It will look healthy

Your lawn will look healthy when it’s sporting a stripe pattern. Of course, you should be taking care of your lawn by feeding it once a year. Nature will take care of the rest.

Don’t forget; it will also get the right amount of sunlight. Make sure your lawn gets an abundant amount of it. Otherwise, the short blades of grass may die off.

  1. Increases curb appeal

Your lawn will look awesome from the curb. Your neighbors may be passing through, and they’ll sneak in a look. Or they might just outright stare at it in amazement.

Your neighbors may even show up at your doorstep wondering how you got it done. You can share the secret with them or keep it to yourself. Either way, lawn striping will be perfect for making your lawn look great no matter what angle you look at it from.

  1. It’s a low-cost DIY project

In fact, you may even put something together and spend no more than $15. Who says you can’t make your lawn look good on the cheap? Imagine increasing the value of your property without spending a ton of money.

If you are looking for something you can do with just a few bucks and a couple of hours’ time, stripping your lawn will be worth it. All you need to do is think of a pattern that you’ll like and get right to work mowing it.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for DIY lawn striper ideas, the five listed below are worth trying out. Make sure you have the right equipment to get started. Then, plan out the pattern you want.

You can create a custom pattern of your own. But it may be a challenge since it may require precise turns and a bit of creativity. If you don’t want to do anything extravagant, then consider sticking to the basic patterns like the checkerboard or the regular stripe.

It doesn’t have to be perfect on the first try. But give it a shot and see how it works for you.