Los Angeles CA- It may be hard to keep a green lawn with the drought in Los Angeles, but many homeowners are choosing to have their yards painted green to save money.
Think of this as a little like dying your hair.
But, to Kerri McCoy dying, or painting grass, is a big drought-helper. Once color is sprayed on, water for your lawn can be turned off. She says lots of people are starting to discover this very different technique.
“As soon as the water sanctions hit and as soon as people find their water bills rising they’re looking for ways to cut back on their expenses and that’s when they start calling,” said McCoy, a lawn painter.
And, if it all works Kathy Gottberg says the experiment will be worthwhile. The sun has already had a big impact on her yard. And she worries about the impact of the continuing drought.
“I think it’s real. I think it’s real and we need to pay attention,” said Gottberg.
She’s trying to save money, but also water.
“We may be heading toward a time where we’re not going to be able to have our grass be watered freely so, I think it’s a really scary thing. I’m just doing something different to see how it works,” she said.
McCoy says, now, there will be no need to water, mow the lawn or worry about the health of the lawn.
“It doesn’t really die completely. It just goes a little bit dormant during the hot summer months,” said McCoy.
In three months it’ll need another paint job.
“Then when the winter-time comes, when we start getting the rain, hopefully, it’ll start to turn green again,” McCoy added.
McCoy says it costs about $275 for 1,000 square feet.
As for the dye itself, she says it is vegetable based, and it’s not toxic, so it can’t hurt children or pets.