CREATING TURF DESIGN PATTERNS
Over the years, TV coverage of games, highlights on ESPN have helped increase the exposure and popularity of field designs. Field designs are an opportunity to make a baseball diamond sparkle and the aesthetic of a dazzling field captures the attention of those who see it and play on it.
You have one opportunity to make a first impression, whether it's a professional sports field, corporate green space, or your home lawn.
HOW I CREATE PATTERNS
Due to patterns I've created, I receive inquiries from around the world asking how these striking patterns are done. People often think it is done with paints, different types of grass, or even varying cutting heights. However, the ones I create are not (although designs can be done using those techniques).
Here's how we do it: we roll or bend the grass blades in different directions. A light stripe is mowed away from you and a dark stripe is mowed toward you. Additionally, we cut the grass, which originated as 100% Kentucky Bluegrass sod, to uniform 1 inch height. I recommend that a homeowner mows at 2.5- 3.5 inches cutting height for cool season grasses to allow the grass blades to shade the soil to lessen water requirements. The general rule of thumb is to never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time so mow more often if need be to follow this guideline. This will help keep the grass plant from the shock of being scalped should more of the blade be removed.
Additionally, some patterns are done with different widths of lines, maybe a double or triple wide line combined with single lines or even thin walk behind mower lines. To give the pattern extra depth or contrast we will disengage the mowing reels and go back over and reroll the lines. Establishing a pattern this way can intensify the contrast of the light and dark green colors and add dimension to an attractive design.
As for the time it can take to put a pattern on our 84,000 square foot of turf, it can take from as little a 45 minutes to 2 hours. However, certain patterns take longer because of the amount of time involved in setup and being careful with the additional turns and details of an intricate designs.
TIPS FROM DAVID
Have a great time showcasing your works of art--
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Mow like a Pro and have Fun!