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How to Mow Checkerboard Patterns Into Your Grass

By June 5, 2013

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David Mellor, groundskeeper at Boston's Fenway Park and author of the book, The Lawn Bible, says his "favorite way to draw attention" to his lawn is to mow a checkerboard pattern or diamond pattern into his grass. Instructs David, "You'll need a mower, of course, and a roller for highlighting the pattern. (Weighted lawn rollers are available for purchase or rent at most lawn and garden supply stores.)"

That roller is the key: as in many DIY projects, the concept behind mowing checkerboard patterns is remarkably simple and is based on the fact that the roller will push and bend the grass in one direction, then another. You just have to have the right equipment.

Achieve a checkerboard pattern in the grass by following these few easy steps:

  1. Mow the perimeter of your lawn
  2. Mow north to south, for example, then come back with a parallel cut south to north (pretty much as you would normally mow, except for the presence of the roller attachment)
  3. Repeat until you've mowed the whole lawn this way
  4. Then switch orientation and do the same at an angle perpendicular to what you've just done (i.e., mow up east-west, back down west-east, etc. until you've mowed the whole lawn)
  5. Go back and mow the perimeter of your lawn once again (to "touch up")

Related resource: How to Mow a Lawn

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February 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm
(1) Boise Lawn Care says:

thanks for the information. good stuff!

September 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm
(2) grupp says:

Thanks, always wondered about that. I’ll change cutting height for more effect.

June 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm
(3) scotty says:

Thanks for this.I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked about how to do that.

Have you ever used the monster gas powered rollers?One time I put it in reverse and my foot got caught under the roller.I managed to yank myself free and shut the sucker down but man,it was close;I almost got flattened like a pancake!

June 6, 2013 at 6:46 am
(4) landscaping says:

Yikes! No, I haven’t used one of those. And that story certainly doesn’t put me in a mood to do so anytime soon.

December 5, 2013 at 5:15 am
(5) Albert W. Peters says:

A lot of reel push mowers are supplied with a roller. It makes it easier to get a stripping effect and keep your lawn healthy.

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