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Change Your Lawn's Stripes with a Homemade Striping Attachment

by Brett Freeman, All About Lawns Columnist

Most commercial lawn mowers can be equipped with an optional striping attachment, which is nothing more than a heavy roller that gets dragged over the grass as its mowed. The roller bends the grass in the direction its being mowed. This creates a contrast between adjacent rows of grass that were mowed in opposite directions because light reflects off of them differently.

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A Simple Imitation

If you want your own lawn to have the striped look, you can make your own striping attachment in minutes. All you need is a piece of 2-inch PVC pipe, two end caps, enough sand to fill the pipe, and some large zip ties. Begin by cutting the PVC to a length half an inch less than your mower's cutting width. Attach one of the end caps to the PVC. Use solvents if you have them, but because you don't need it to be water-tight, you can use glue or rubber cement instead. After the adhesive dries, fill the pipe with sand, and then attach the other end cap.

Your mower should have a heavy rubber flap hanging down at the back. This is what you want to connect your striping attachment to, but because these flaps can differ, exactly how you do this will vary. Begin by putting a zip tie around each end of your striper, just inside the end caps, but don't tighten them all the way. Now slide another zip tie underneath each of the ties on the striper. You will use these to attach the striper to the mower's rear flap. Some flaps already have holes in them near the bottom corners, making this easy. If your mower's flap is solid, you will have to drill holes near the edges and just above the flap's bottom lip. The holes should be just big enough to accommodate the zip ties. Once the striper is attached, tighten all zip ties, cut off the excess, and you're ready to go.

About the Author
Brett Freeman is a freelance journalist. He also owns a landscaping and irrigation company in North Carolina. Previously he has worked as a beat reporter, a teacher, and for a home improvement company, and he used to own a bar/live music venue.

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