There’s nothing quite like the beauty of a baseball field. The deep green grass with those amazing stripes, the red dirt of the infield, and the pristine white baselines–for a lover of lawns, the field alone is worth the price of admission. So, let’s say you want to get that ball field look at home. A lush, healthy lawn is the first step, but then you need to get familiar with how to mow in stripes. Here’s everything you need to know to make your lawn stripe dreams come true.

  • Where do the lawn stripes come from? Ballfield stripes aren’t the result of mowing the lawn at different heights or anything tricky like growing different types of grass in strips. It’s all a matter of bending the lawn so that the blades of grass reflect light differently.
  • It’s all about mowing direction. The first step to achieving stripes is to master mowing in a straight line. Mow a long strip in one direction, then flip the mower and mow the strip next to it in the other direction. You’ve got the start of your stripes! Need a little more guidance? The Art of Manliness has a great column on mowing patterns. But a lawn mower all by itself isn’t enough…
  • You need a roller. To really get your lawn to bend, you need a roller to follow up your mowing. You can buy a pricey commercial roller just like they use at the ballfield, or you can make one yourself. Check out our DIY directions for building your own lawn stripes mowing attachment.

Lawn stripes take a little work, but they’re beautiful enough to be worth it.