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As Drought Ravages Lawns, Many Turn to Grass Painting: Reasonable or Ridiculous?

Living 2012/07/29 22:23:38
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We get that green lawns look nice and all. But when faced with a drought, is it really worth it to pay hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars to have your grass painted green? According to the Associated Press, many American home and business owners seem to think so.

With two-thirds of the U.S. hit by the worst drought in decades, many are seeing their prized lawns turn brown. Rather than fight back with water, a growing number of individuals are having their grass professionally painted. This practice has regularly been employed in the West and Southwest, as well as on golf courses and athletic fields, but it’s now taking off from coast to coast.

"It looks just like a spring lawn, the way it looks after a rain. It's really gorgeous," said Terri LoPrimo, a 62-year-old retiree who recently had her Staten Island lawn sprayed with a deep-green organic dye.

On the one hand, we think it’s great that individuals are choosing to paint rather than waste water. But, we also wonder why it’s so important to have green grass that many are willing to pay money to fake it.

So SodaHeads, what do you think about this grass painting trend? Reasonable or ridiculous?

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  • dekecds Cleaver62 2012/07/30 21:55:48
    dekecds
    +1
    Good call, nude body painting is way better than having to water and cut a bunch of beautiful women to get a green lawn!
  • Mattisa... Cleaver62 2012/07/31 12:51:48
    Mattisadoormatt
    +3
    You know, if someone painted my tomatoes, I would also be pissed.
  • Cleaver62 Mattisa... 2012/07/31 21:02:23
    Cleaver62
    I know what you are saying but we were kids and it was funny at the time.
  • Koma 2012/07/30 19:52:22
    Reasonable
    Koma
    +1
    To each his own.

    Would it be considered ridiculous if someone wanted to change the color of their house or car to something more desirable?
  • rcardon Koma 2012/07/31 16:03:59
    rcardon
    Would you buy a dog, then decide you didn't like the color of it's coat, so you paint it? Or would you buy a yellow rose bush, then decide you really wanted red, so, rather than buying another bush, you just paint the yellow ones red?
  • Sophia0... rcardon 2012/08/05 07:08:30
    Sophia030394
    Let's paint the white rose red, for the sake of the Queen!
    But it honestly doesn't matter much to use organic paint on an already dead lawn. Even if it's dumb. Besides, you're comparing living things to a dead one. Who'd paint a dead dog?
  • shazyb999 2012/07/30 19:52:21
    Ridiculous
    shazyb999
    +3
    wtf! haha you can tell thats an american idea ! honestly painting your grass ??? what is that all about :-/
  • Raven 2012/07/30 19:51:34
    Ridiculous
    Raven
    +3
    Nothing wrong with wanting green grass but this is ridiculous...
  • harry 2012/07/30 19:23:24
    Reasonable
    harry
    +2
    If people got the money to afford it. Why not paint the grass green. As climate changes, and drought conditions get worse. Green paint will be the only thing we have left to show our children what the Earth used to look like, before it was drained of all its resources due to Greed and glutney. I say if you got the money to waste, then paint your lawn green. Besides this will help create jobs.
  • shazyb999 harry 2012/07/30 19:59:05
    shazyb999
    +3
    that is true. but still a shocker to my eyes lol was not expecting to see a pic of a man casually painting his grass.
  • harry shazyb999 2012/08/04 16:35:57
    harry
    Yes, I agree with you. Who would waste their money on green grass paint? I would rather go to Vegas and place $200 on 6 the hard way . It pays 9 to 1
  • shazyb999 harry 2012/08/04 16:51:31
    shazyb999
    ohh yes :-) me to haha
  • Dawn 2012/07/30 19:22:09
    Ridiculous
    Dawn
    +1
    Um... by organic does it mean it's not damaging to the enviroment...? Please someone tell me I really need to know.
  • mm61675 Dawn 2012/07/30 20:35:04
    mm61675
    it says in the news article "LoPrimo paid $125 to green up her roughly 830-square-foot lawn. She said it was worth every penny to keep her home of 33 years graced by an attractive yard. He charges 15 cents per square foot to spray on a non-toxic, environmentally friendly turf dye that he said is commonly used on golf courses and athletic fields to give them a lusher appearance. Perazzo said the dyed lawns will hold their verdant look for a few months, in some cases up to five months"
  • Dawn mm61675 2012/08/03 15:09:57
    Dawn
    Oh alright then. I should have just went to the article. Thanks for telling it really worried me because the SH article misused the word organic. It'd be pretty bad if people where just spray painting their yards though.
  • Commander Pyle 2012/07/30 19:21:21
    Reasonable
    Commander Pyle
    +1
    Hell, we already put up with dyed food, even dog food. Might as well paint the lawn while you're at it.
  • Frank 2012/07/30 19:21:12
    Ridiculous
    Frank
    +1
    Very Shallow idea....
  • Nilam 2012/07/30 18:29:10
    Ridiculous
    Nilam
  • Squatch 2012/07/30 18:25:45
    Ridiculous
    Squatch
    +1
    I am surprised the EPA has not thrown a SxxT fit over this. I mean this is right up there with digging a well in the middle of the desert.
  • shazyb999 Squatch 2012/07/30 20:02:15
    shazyb999
    +4
    what happens when the grass needs cutting ?? do they do it all over again ? and if there is no water will the grass not just die off any way ??
  • Squatch shazyb999 2012/07/30 23:05:59
    Squatch
    not sure - i have centipede grass
  • shazyb999 Squatch 2012/08/01 08:57:48
  • CAPISCE 2012/07/30 18:17:33
    Ridiculous
    CAPISCE
    +1
    Plastic surgery for the lawn----perfectly absurd
  • Grizzle 2012/07/30 17:45:09
    Ridiculous
    Grizzle
    +2
    I hope my Dad doesn't hear about this! of course he will do it himself with a brush and roller
  • Sebastianchocolatebeargiles 2012/07/30 17:18:08
  • ☆Katharina☆ 2012/07/30 17:17:02
    Ridiculous
    ☆Katharina☆
    +1
    you need water to grow the grass and if I'm right I think you have to water that everyday. Where I live they only wanting you to use it every other day. SO since my address ends on an even number I can only water on even days
  • Mr. Won... ☆Kathar... 2012/07/31 14:59:11
  • Ang74 2012/07/30 17:09:51
    Ridiculous
    Ang74
    +1
    People with too much money and not much sense....
  • TuringsChild 2012/07/30 16:55:31
    Reasonable
    TuringsChild
    When I was a kid, one of our neighbors worked for the Hollywood Industry. He painted his grass green regularly. It was leftover fertilizer from the shooting lot.
  • BloodlessVeins 2012/07/30 16:49:41
    Ridiculous
    BloodlessVeins
    +1
    I really do not like grass. Its boring, it doesn't provide much. WHATS THE POINT OF IT????
  • william keegan 2012/07/30 16:43:39
    Reasonable
    william keegan
    +2
    It’s called FREEDOM, people! The exercise of freedom is NOT ridiculous!

    If a person wants to have a green lawn bad enough and is willing to pay to have it painted, why not? If someone wants to paint their front door Orange, I may think it looks awful, but if that is at the owner wants, go for it!
  • abubincrazy 2012/07/30 16:30:26
    Reasonable
    abubincrazy
    +3
    If you're not allowed to water, why should you be forced to look at brown grass?
    You could xeriscape.
  • Mel Mar... abubinc... 2012/07/31 00:32:45
    Mel Martens
    Here in Australia, it's normal to have yellow grass in summer. To NOT have it just makes you look like a water-wasting ponce (even if you merely painted it)
  • abubinc... Mel Mar... 2012/08/01 01:54:07
    abubincrazy
    Color me ponce, mate.
    I know your country is largely desert, so that's a ponce of a different color. Sydney and Melbourne and Adelaide aren't in the desert,though.
    Neither is my town.
  • Mel Mar... abubinc... 2012/08/01 16:12:51
    Mel Martens
    +1
    Perth is pretty damned dry in the summer. So dry for so long that often the councils forget that when it rains it comes down hard and fast and clogs the ill maintained drain system.
    We still have water restrictions of on good years watering twice a week on certain days (and very much preferably not during the day as it evaporates before it hits the ground), once a week when we're in a severe drought. Since our last drought has lasted well over a decade and we are experiencing rain sure but will be back on serious restrictions again come summer since the damns have barely filled up...painting your lawn green is considered pretty try-hard and presumptuous. Also a lot of people will just assume one put down cheapy fake grass that's in really bad shape as the dirt patches start showing
  • abubinc... Mel Mar... 2012/08/02 03:29:34
    abubincrazy
    Xeriscape it is!
    Perth? Do you know Ben Folds? Sorry, man. lol
  • Mel Mar... abubinc... 2012/08/02 03:36:34
    Mel Martens
    +2
    I probably know him through someone else who knows his brother or something. Perth isn't 6 degrees, it's 2 degrees of separation all round. Biggest freaken country town in the world.

    Gods, my sisters took the same bus to school that Heath Ledger did (and he was 13 around then) and he was a back-of-the-bus little turd apparently. Like every other kid his age.
  • Vicereine Killbride 2012/07/30 16:26:56
    Ridiculous
    Vicereine Killbride
    +2
    The rain will come again, ya know.
  • xcheshirecat 2012/07/30 16:26:54
    Ridiculous
    xcheshirecat
    will have the same bad touch feeling
  • Lizzeh 2012/07/30 16:20:20
    Reasonable
    Lizzeh
    +1
    Some people want their lawn to look nice.

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