Maintaining a healthy lawn is essential to keeping your home’s curb appeal. Traditional lawn mowing consists of simply getting the grass trimmed without any special design. If you’re looking to spice things up a bit, but simple vertical or horizontal lines aren’t really “cutting” it, experiment with some of the designs below. Experimenting with different decorative mowing patterns can really help set your home apart from the others on the block. Mowing patterns can be as complex as your favorite baseball or soccer fields. For now, let’s start off with a couple of simpler designs before trying to match the StubHub Center Field.


A striped style is the most simple and best starting point for beginners. Striping also helps disguise flaws on your lawn like color or patches. Start off by mowing the perimeter of your lawn to establish a nice clean edge. Next, decide the direction you would like your grass to flow. Then, begin mowing your lawn from end to end. A diagonal approach is very popular and easy to do.

Fertilizing In The Spring

If you properly fertilized in the Fall, there’s no need to apply another layer of fertilizer in the Spring. Cool season grasses, in particular, are good at grasping on to fertilizer from the fall and using it all winter. However, if you have warm season grass then applying a fresh layer of fertilizer during the spring would be good because they begin to soak up the nutrients as soon as the weather gets warmer.

So if you’re fertilizing during the spring then a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer is best. However, no more than a pound of nitrogen should be spread per 1,000 square feet. Fertilizer should not be applied too early or late because the lingering cold or early heat can stress the grass.


The checkerboard approach is a little more complicated and requires more attention to detail than the striped pattern.

  • Similarly, start by creating either horizontal or vertical lines to create the base of
  • the design.
    Next, create the second set of lines to create the classic checkerboard design.
  • Take your time and take careful turns near the edges.

Properly spacing out your lines is essential to making your lawn looks proportional. If the design is looking a little sloppy, take an extra pass around the edges to shape it up.


When it comes to custom patterns, the possibilities are endless. Once you’ve got the previous patterns down, you should be ready to start creating your custom designs. It is strongly recommended to sketch out your design on a piece of paper and shade in exactly what the final result should look like.