Last week I received an email "reminder" from my property management company that per the lease, tenants are responsible for keeping the lawn green. Given that Folsom Lake is likely going to fall below its intake, leaving a half million people reliant upon water that is literally going to be pumped by barges INTO the intake this fall (including me!), I thought it was stupid to keep a lawn green. I barely water it and it looks drought stressed AS IT SHOULD. Because you know I'd like to have drinking water over a green lawn but MAYBE THAT'S JUST ME.
My devious inner child was like you want me to have a green lawn? OH I'LL HAVE A GREEN LAWN ALRIGHT.
So I bought some specialty lawn paint made expressly for this purpose and I painted my back lawn.
|Used 8oz at this point|
|Because my sprayer sucked and I kept having to take it apart|
|Another after shot|
|This looked like straw before, totally dormant|
And once more
This project would have been much easier had I had a pump sprayer that hadn't kept clogging. It took about 4 hours including making a trip to Home Depot and buy a new sprayer half way through. It was pretty easy, but tedious. I bought this brand paint from Amazon, and when it first arrived earlier this week I didn't realize what a tiny little bottle it was. So I had another one shipped to me. It took exactly 16 ounces of the paint mixed with 2.5 gallons of water for me to achieve this level of coverage of my lawn.
And PS - If this was my house, I wouldn't give two shits about having a green lawn. I'd focus more on keeping the trees and shrubs alive since grass can go dormant, but trees and shrubs can't.
If you're planning on this project, here are my recommendations:
-Buy a larger size of the paint even if you don't plan to use it all. It's better than running out half way through and needing more. I'd recommend 32 ounces or larger.
-Have a good pump sprayer AND a backup just in case. I finished around my pavers with a small quart-sized hand sprayer.
-Like reviewers on Amazon said, a decent, economical ratio is 8oz. of paint to 1.25 gallons of water. Don't push it above this because it won't have much color. When I do it again (you have to do it quarterly), I'll use the 8oz/1 gallon ratio or less. That would be a much lusher green color than this.
-Only mix a gallon at a time. My two gallon sprayer worked great on the top end, but had issues when it got below a gallon. Easier to just use a gallon size sprayer and avoid that issue entirely.
-Know that it will take some time, especially if you run into issues with your pump sprayer.
-Be careful about getting it on pavers and concrete. It is paint, after all.
I planned on doing this at a previous home but was intimidated by the prep and cautions listed on the paint. Don't be. This is simple, has almost zero odor, and is an easy way to get your property management company (or neighbors) off your back.
Update: It looks better in less harsh light