Outfitting your lawn with a set of simple stripes isn’t that hard, and it’s good for your lawn, too. Light reflecting off of blades of grass bent in different directions create the dark and light patterns. The grass most often is bent down by the pressure applied by rollers attached to the back of a lawn mower. The pros use reel mowers with multiple rollers. You can buy striping kits for your mower, or if you’re handy and want to save some bucks, you can make one yourself with a little bit of PVC.
Grass peeking from between floating concrete stairs integrates nature seamlessly and beautifully into the entry of this modern home. Metal, glass, wood and stone work together to create a nuanced yet calming home appearance.
Just before the brick patio gives way to a grassy lawn, the owners will find a cozy sitting area complete with a small fire pit. Blue-and-white striped pillows enliven the space and make it extra comfortable in the evening.
Even a tiny strip can be filled with plants, a more nature-friendly choice than gravel or wood chips, says Evelyn J. Hadden, author of "Hellstrip Gardening" (April 2014, Timber Press). A no-mow variegated sedge (Carex morrowii ‘Silver Sceptre’), in Newton Lower Falls, Mass., shows an great alternative to needy lawn.
Plant crocus bulbs just underneath your grass in fall for early spring color. 'Hokus Crocus,' shown here, is a mix of purple, white and purple-white striped varieties. These dainty flowers like a sunny garden spot and typically multiply as time goes by. Wait six to eight weeks before you mow over their foliage so you'll have repeat blooms next year. (The small bulbs usually flower before the grass needs mowing anyway, and the thin, narrow leaves blend in with your lawn.)