8 Awesome Lawn Mowing Designs You Should Try

Lawn mowing doesn't always have to be a chore—try making it fun by creating lawn mowing designs! Whether you're in a competition with your neighbor or just want to try something new, here are eight awesome lawn mowing designs to try this season.

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Be the envy of the neighborhood with a checkerboard lawn. According to Scotts, “Start by mowing parallel to a straight sidewalk or driveway. To keep mowing straight, look at least 10 feet in front of you while you mow, rather than at the ground right in front of the mower. When you come to the end of a row, lift the mower deck as you turn, then mow in the opposite direction next to your previous pass. To create a checkerboard, mow the lawn a second time at 90 degrees to your first mowing. Finish by mowing a strip around the edges of the lawn.” Here’s a video, if you need a visual.

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Soft Waves

This soft wave design was created with a large commercial lawn mower by Scag Power Equipment. When they get to the edge, they make a 180-degree turn and go back, slightly overlapping the last pass. No need for perfectly straight lines.

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Crisscross Pattern

A classic crisscross pattern will make you feel like you’re at a baseball park. The effect is created by light that reflects off the blades of grass—blades bent toward you look dark, while blades bent in the opposite direction look lighter. Professionals make the pattern more pronounced by going over the grass blades with a weighted lawn roller, rolling them in the same direction they were mowed.

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Concentric Circles

When it comes to lawn mowing designs, circles are an easy and efficient way to mow because it cuts down on all the 180-degree turns you do if you mow lines. Start at the edge and go in circles until you get to the middle of your lawn, or, mow a ring around a tree and keep mowing larger circles until you run out of lawn!

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To create a zig-zag pattern on your lawn, start at the edge and make the pattern going in one direction. Then make a 180-degree turn and follow the pattern going back. The reflection of the light will help make the pattern more pronounced.

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Varying Lines

This lawn mowing design from Scag Power Equipment shows varying lines, which are made more pronounced by the grass clippings left behind. Grass clippings left behind help add nutrients back into the soil which will benefit your grass. Learn why mowing height is so important for the health of your lawn.

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It looks like someone dropped a pebble in a pond of grass and the ripples have spread outward! Start at one end and make a large curve, then turn 180-degrees and follow the path back to the other side. Stop believing these 10 lawn care myths.

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Circles and Lines

If you have features in your lawn, try making a circle around them. Then use straight lines for the rest of the yard like this mower did. Follow these tips to rid your turf of crabgrass.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.