In the first article about Striping Your Lawn Like a Golf Course Fairway, I gave you some simple tips on how to get nice stripes in the lawn using your own home lawnmower with no modifications. In this article, however, I will show you how to spend $10 on an easy modification that will give you wider and cleaner, more defined lawn stripes.
The key is found in the debris flap that all home rotary lawn mowers come with. It’s a safety feature, and your key to well-defined stripes. The flap alone is not heavy enough to push down the grass, so let’s help it out a little eh?
(CAUTION: if you modify your mower this way, be mindful that you are voiding your warranty and also creating somewhat of a safety hazard. If you add this modification, YOU CANNOT BACK UP your mower while in operation or the piping could get caught under the deck in the blade. I recommend using this technique in areas where you can mow straight, easy lines; like the front yard that everyone sees; and then remove it while mowing the rest of your lawn)
Adding Weight to the Debris Flap to Create Lawn Stripes
The materials needed are an 18″ x 3/4″ piece of galvanized, threaded pipe and 2 ends, 3 cable ties and some sand or small rocks. (total cost of materials, $10 at Tony Stewart’s favorite Big Box Home Store)
First, locate the flap behind your mower. They all are a little different but similar enough that a smart reader like you can figure out how this will work in your own case.
Second, fill up your pipe with pea gravel or rocks or sand and cap the other end. Next, place the heavy pipe in the flap, drill 3 holes, thread in the ties, cut them off, and BAM, you’re ready to stripe!
It’s the weight of the pipe on the flap that creates the stripes.
In addition to this modification, to ensure you get fat, defined stripes, you should mow double-wide lines. In other words, you normally mow your lawn “up and down” for example. In this case, to get fatter lines, you want to mow “up up and down down.” This gives you twice the width on each pass. I know you are smart and will figure out the most efficient way to move around the lawn without ruining your stripes!
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