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Many sports field managers use creative skills to design field-striping patterns that are visually appealing to spectators. These patterns give the field a big league look and do not affect their playability. When field managers mow the turf grass in different directions, light is reflected at different angles resulting in the appearance of dark and light stripes. Many people think the turf grass has been cut at a different height or that different breeds of grass have been planted to achieve this look. This is not the case. It is simply accomplished by proper field striping techniques. Bending the blades of grass in different directions give the field the appearance of stripes.
A tip to great field striping is to change your mowing direction each time you do the job. Grass will lean or grow in the same direction it is mowed so changing the mowing direction each time you mow will yeild the best results. When you change your mowing pattern you also prevent wear in the wheel tracks. The best stripes are accomplished by using the rear rollers on reel mowers. New rotary mowers have recently added rear rollers on each cutting deck, which also produce quality-striping patterns for your turf field. You can also achieve this look on home mowers by purchasing a striping kit for your mower. You can buy a striping kit online easily
Many people take a real interest in field striping patterns and many field managers obtain notoriety from the unique designs. This article from Sports Illustrated highlights Ben Young, the head groundskeeper for the AA Altoona Curve in Pennsylvania. Ben was named the winner of the Sports Turf Managers Association’s Mowing Patterns Contest; with his “four patterns” design the winning the top prize.
Lawn striping can be easy with the right tools and a little planning from your field turf manager. The field striping can make fertilizing and over-seeding easier by giving your crew definitive lines to follow. Striping also draws the eyes away from field imperfections. Lawn striping is an excellent way to set your fields apart from the competition and have a place that the entire community admires.