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New mower attachment creates cool stripes

Toro's new Lawn Striping System features a roller filled with dry sand easily attaches to your mower. (Toro/Newport News Daily Press/MCT)
Toro's new Lawn Striping System features a roller filled with dry sand easily attaches to your mower. (Toro/Newport News Daily Press/MCT) MCT

This just in for the man, or woman, who craves a fancy-cut lawn that is the talk of the neighborhood.

Now, you can add professional-looking stripes and patterns to your grass — just like you see on golf courses, sports fields and commercial properties.

All you do is attach Toro's new Lawn Striping System to your walk-behind mower, and away you go.

You also can get good exercise by pushing your mower instead of riding a lawn tractor.

The roller is 22 inches wide, and according to Toro, it fits most mowers with mowing decks of 20 to 22 inches in diameter.

All you need to use the striping system, which can be used with or without a bagger on most any mower, is a Phillips screwdriver and 16 to 20 pounds of dry sand. First, fill the system's roller with dry sand. Next, attach the universal bracket system to your mower with the screwdriver. Then, start mowing and striping at the same time.

Creating professional-looking stripes requires a bit of planning before you start — but it takes no more effort than simply mowing your lawn.

To create a straight pattern, first cut around the perimeter of your yard, then, starting at a point that generates the greatest visual impression, mow all the way across. This creates the first stripe. Turn around and mow in the other direction, using your first stripe as a guide to create the next, and so on. The weighted roller simply bends the grass, reflecting the light differently — creating light or dark stripes as you mow.

A pattern guide is included with each kit to help you create more advanced patterns.

To see how it's done, you can watch the video at Toro.com/lawnpatterns, which also has a lawn-patterning contest with prizes.

The striping system is $90, and it's available at Toro dealers and at ShopToro.com.

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