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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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  • sokoyah 2012/07/30 16:15:24
    Ridiculous
    sokoyah
    GEESH
  • Dolly 2012/07/30 15:57:17
    Ridiculous
    Dolly
  • JCD aka... Dolly 2012/07/30 18:07:37
    JCD aka "biz"
    +1
    I'm sure some fraternities will make their pledges paint people's lawns in September.
  • Kigan 2012/07/30 15:55:37 (edited)
    Ridiculous
    Kigan
    +2
    What's the point of this? You are paying to fake a green lawn. Why? What do you get out of it except looking out and seeing your fake lawn?

    I've heard of having pride in your lawn, but I think painting it is actually a step backwards.
  • Lady Winters 2012/07/30 15:47:43
    Ridiculous
    Lady Winters
    +1
    I guess I could see that being used if someone was trying to sell their home. But really everyone knows you're in drought so why hide it. We bought a house with a brown lawn and it looks beautiful and green now. They could just be patient. lol
  • kraftymomma1979 2012/07/30 15:23:58
    Reasonable
    kraftymomma1979
    +2
    I could get my teenage son and his friends to spray paint mine for the cost of a trip to Garcia's restaurant, minus the margaritas. LOL
  • mishka1220 2012/07/30 15:21:57
    Ridiculous
    mishka1220
    +2
    creative .... yet ... hundreds or thousands for a green lawn.... what a waste of money!
  • dominic garcia 2012/07/30 15:05:49 (edited)
    Ridiculous
    dominic garcia
    +2
    In New mexico, we put colored rocks instead.
  • philly 2012/07/30 14:53:53
    Ridiculous
    philly
    +1
    What a waste of money,
  • phil 2012/07/30 14:52:56
    Reasonable
    phil
    +1
    If you love your lawn that much why not
  • Josh Robinson 2012/07/30 14:52:34
    Ridiculous
    Josh Robinson
    +2
    It's worth it if your soul is only validated by your green lawn, snazzy car and pretty spouse. If you are a normal person this is a waste of money. Sorry for all those I've just outed in this post. Your time was coming soon anyway. angry rich guy
  • Jeremy 2012/07/30 14:50:44
    Ridiculous
    Jeremy
    +1
    buy better grass, or plant rocks
  • ivegotloveinmypants 2012/07/30 14:27:41
    Ridiculous
    ivegotloveinmypants
    +2
    Who even has the time to do this?
  • devildidit 2012/07/30 14:15:29
    Reasonable
    devildidit
    +1
    Green is better than burnt brown.
  • smitty 2012/07/30 14:02:51
    Reasonable
    smitty
    +1
    Funny though.
  • SOUL4REAL 2012/07/30 13:52:12 (edited)
    Ridiculous
    SOUL4REAL
    If you got the money to paint the lawn,why not just water it and pay the water bill! Duhhh? The things people will do today are questionable,what the hell are they thinking with?
  • Josh Ro... SOUL4REAL 2012/07/30 14:54:01 (edited)
    Josh Robinson
    There is a fine for overwatering under restriction... and it's unethical.
  • SOUL4REAL Josh Ro... 2012/07/30 15:57:24
    SOUL4REAL
    Why? Because it's a water shortage because man have abused the resource that comes naturally! Unethical? If that was true,we wouldn't need water,a mind is a terrible thing to waste! The body is 80% water and the universe is 78% water so water is a necessity for all living things, including grass! Your not making any "Sense"!
  • Josh Ro... SOUL4REAL 2012/08/01 01:25:38
  • JanHopkins 2012/07/30 13:47:35
    Ridiculous
    JanHopkins
    People do that? Lawns were originally an affectation of kings.
  • srini 2012/07/30 13:23:12
    Reasonable
    srini
    +1
    I can remember meeting a woman from Edmonton once whose family had planted spuds on both front and back "lawn" -- and actually could no longer grow grass on it.

    Anything wrong with getting rid of a plant that is high-maintenance and only for appearance?
  • BoardinOK 2012/07/30 13:20:34
    Reasonable
    BoardinOK
    +1
    It's just dye, like food coloring. I know people do this during the spring to kill the grass and it comes back stronger, but at this point of the summer it's just dye. The city where I live we can only water 3 days a week. I personally don't water at all...my boys like it too, because they don't have to cut grass as much.

    I know a lot of the country has been hit hard by the rains...but last year our water sources here were down to 60% at the end of the summer. We got some rain, but not much and since we didn't recover the water sources now are down to 50%. You get down too far past half, and that water is pretty murky. It takes a lot more chemicals to treat, doesn't taste as good, and they are not forecasting us any rain anytime soon.

    So if someone wants to spend $60 and paint their yard to maybe keep themselves from feeling so gloomy by looking at their dead lawn...power to them. I know the guy sprayed my yard early in the spring with chemicals and it cost me $80.
  • Harley 2012/07/30 12:44:06
    Ridiculous
    Harley
    +1
    DUMB!!! Just water it!!
  • Kingarthurup 2012/07/30 12:14:23
    Ridiculous
    Kingarthurup
    why not go to dirt.
  • BLUEDAIMOND 2012/07/30 12:07:53
    Ridiculous
    BLUEDAIMOND
    +1
    U got money for paint but not for water we need grass trees etc to breath and have a clean life
  • Tori 2012/07/30 12:06:35
    Ridiculous
    Tori
    +1
    I applaud the notion that you shouldn't waste water watering grass, but the smart thing to do is to landscape your home in such a way that you don't have to have a huge green lawn in order to be satisfied with the appearance of your yard.
  • Fenabarb 2012/07/30 11:48:11
    Reasonable
    Fenabarb
    +1
    save on water bills
  • yogamartial 2012/07/30 11:45:22
    Ridiculous
    yogamartial
    Things can be greener on the other side
  • the fuze 2012/07/30 11:38:56
    Ridiculous
    the fuze
    And you are a sucker if you are painting your grass.
  • Xerxes,Phantom of PHAET 2012/07/30 11:33:53
    Ridiculous
    Xerxes,Phantom of PHAET
    I have very little lawn, if it dies it dies, always next time
  • Callaway 2012/07/30 11:32:34
    Ridiculous
    Callaway
    I will say that in the case of large companies/banks/governmental agencies however I would rather see them do that than wasting water by running sprinklers every day just because it's on a sophisticated computer timing system while the rest of the community has to do it on a strictly regulated basis. I can see golf course within reason as it's a revenue need but a bank or a insurance company??
  • Anonymouse ~superdoge~ 2012/07/30 10:39:57
    Reasonable
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    +1
    Whatever floats your boat. Some people think the outwards appearance of their house matters. Although, would it be permanent, or would it fade...
  • chris.haynees 2012/07/30 09:52:04
    Reasonable
    chris.haynees
    +3
    Reasonable if you want green grass in a drought. I personally wouldn't do such a thing but i understand where there coming from.
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/07/30 09:37:08
    Ridiculous
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    I think I would give an open-handed slap to any neighbor who did this...
  • Sintwa 2012/07/30 09:25:14
    Ridiculous
    Sintwa
    But obviously to those who actually paid for it it was reasonable.
  • Kitty Kat 'CARROT' 2012/07/30 09:24:43
    Reasonable
    Kitty Kat 'CARROT'
    that was serpose to be Ridiculous
  • Vieuphoria 2012/07/30 09:21:40
    Ridiculous
    Vieuphoria
    +1
    First World Problems.
  • chris.h... Vieuphoria 2012/07/30 09:30:23
    chris.haynees
    +1
    That's funny you have delivered many luls my friend.
  • jerry.alan.carroll 2012/07/30 08:39:34
    Reasonable
    jerry.alan.carroll
    +2
    many military bases do this...it also been know to help the grass come back strong the following spring.
  • chris.h... jerry.a... 2012/07/30 09:38:39
    chris.haynees
    Wes our military always dose very reasonable things. hahaha you made me laugh buddy.

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