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FirenIce
Jun 3, 2017 6:11 AM CST
How do you do that
Name: Carol H. Sandt
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csandt
Jun 3, 2017 7:49 AM CST
This image shows the Italian Garden at Longwood Gardens. Mowing to achieve a checkerboard look is done in English and European gardens.

As I understand the mowing process, the mowing is first done in opposite direction, e.g., row 1 from left to right, row 2 from right to left, row 3 from left to right etc., and a roller is pulled behind the mower to flatten the grass. Then the roller process is repeated going up and down instead of left and right to achieve the checkerboard.

@cliftoncat may be able to provide more detail and/or correct my description.
Carol H. Sandt

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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Jun 3, 2017 8:17 AM CST
Carol, you are absolutely right - the look is achieved by the grass being flattened by the roller, so the light reflects on it differently in alternate stripes. Not many people go the whole hog and make the checkerboard look, though - too labour intensive! Hilarious! Hilarious!

A great photo! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 3, 2017 10:05 AM CST
I have a small lawn and would love to try this. I also read you can achieve this look without a roller buy changing the cutting height of your lawn mower. I have one neighbor already copying my simple diagonal pattern. What would the neighbor's say about THIS?! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 3, 2017 10:13 AM CST
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 3, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Ha ha -- on the flip side, my reaction to this was not 'how' but 'why' -- but obviously a personal preference.
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Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 3, 2017 11:09 AM CST
Because mowing the lawn once a week, twice a week gets boring. Mowing the same way hurts the lawn, creates ruts where the wheels travel over again and again. . And like everything I do in the yard, I like people to know that I've been there!
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 3, 2017 11:16 AM CST
Ah, I was just joshing. Not a look I would strive for but I do get that others might like it. I'm just happy to keep the lawn from jungle to respectable. My gardens take 'casual Friday' to a whole new level!
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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csandt
Jun 3, 2017 12:25 PM CST
I just mow what grows (i.e., mostly weeds) in my own "lawn"/yard but do appreciate the beauty and serenity of well tended lawns, especially as a setting for beautiful ornamental gardens.
Carol H. Sandt

“Unlike writers of passing fame, a classic author speaks a new word in every generation." -- Daniel Ritchie
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
Hostas Roses Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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csandt
Jun 6, 2017 11:07 AM CST
History of American lawns:

http://statebystategardening.c...
Carol H. Sandt

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