We all do our best to maintain popping-green lawns that are the talk of the homeowners association, but nature will be nature. And sometimes nature takes hold and causes your lawn to turn yellow or brown.
While a yellowing or browning lawn is generally repairable, it could take weeks or months for your yard to return to its normal color. So, why not paint it?
Yes, you can paint your yard, but don’t run out to buy a can of green spray paint yet. You’ll need special grass paint.
Continue reading to learn what grass paint is, how it differs from other paints, and more.
What Is Grass Paint?
We know what you’re imagining. A homeowner crawling around on their hands and knees with a can of Rustoleum spray painting each blade of grass a lush green. While the concept of grass paint is similar, it’s far more professional than that.
Grass paint is a non-toxic pigment that gives your browning or yellowing grass a boost of color while you wait for its natural green to return. We’ll get into the nitty-gritty of what’s in grass paint a bit later, but it’s not what you’ll find in a rattle can on the shelf at your local hardware store.
When Should I Use Grass Paint?
First, if you’re using grass paint year-round, there is an underlying issue you must tend to. Your grass may be on the verge of dying due to a lack of water, malnutrition, infestation, or disease. Continuing to cover the issue with grass paint does nothing but mask the issue until it turns into a big problem.
Grass paint is great for temporary coverage of browning or yellowing spots in your yard while you wait for the natural green to return. For example, if your lawn is browning due to dog urine, and you want to temporarily regreen the area while flushing the urine from the soil.
Grass paint is also great for shifting climates, like areas with seasonal droughts that cause the grass to browns a bit due to water restrictions. Another good time to use grass paint is when your grass goes dormant and loses its popping-green hue, as cool-season grasses do in the summer and warm-season grasses do in the winter.
What Does Grass Paint Contain?
Here’s where grass paint distinguishes itself from that spray bomb you used to paint your lawn furniture. Instead of having harmful chemicals, most grass paint is made from pulverized kaolin, a soft stone. Some others are made from decaying plants.
What about the coloring? That’s a pigment-based dye that lays on the surface of the grass blades without blocking the sun’s rays. So, you can spray your grass and not worry about it dying due to a lack of sunlight.
Is Grass Paint Safe to Use?
Because you spray grass paint directly onto the lawn, it raises concerns about its safety. Not only are you concerned about your grass’ health, but you’re likely also worried about your family, pets, and the environment.
As we addressed above, grass paint is perfectly fine for your lawn. Since it’s a pigment and not a paint, it doesn’t block the sun from reaching the grass, nor does it seep into the blades of grass and cause damage from the inside.
As for people and pets, you’ll want to keep pets or people from walking on painted grass until it’s dry, as they may return with green-stained paws or shoes. Once the grass paint dries, though, it’s 100% safe and non-toxic to pets and people.
Finally, because it’s non-toxic and made from natural materials, it poses no risk to insects, wild animals, or our waterways.
The Benefits of Using Grass Paint
The primary benefit of using grass paint is its immediate regreening effect. No matter how well you maintain your lawn, you’re bound to run into a handful of issues here and there. Having the ability to bring back its color immediately eases the stress of dealing with lawn issues.
The other benefit is cost savings. Sometimes, lawn health issues can take months to fix, and dealing with a browning lawn may be too much to handle for an extended period. In many cases, homeowners will give in and pay to have sod installed. With grass paint, you can bring back that popping-green color while waiting for its natural color to return — all for the cost of a bottle of grass paint.
How to Apply Grass Paint
Applying grass paint is relatively simple. The trickiest part is getting the ideal mixture to obtain the color you desire.
Determine the paint-to-water ratio based on your grass color and the product’s recommendations. The darker brown your grass is, the more grass paint you’ll add.
Start by mixing the lowest amount of paint per gallon of water, which creates the lightest green, in a pump sprayer. Test the color in an inconspicuous area in your yard. If the color is too light, increase the paint slightly and retest. Repeat this adjustment until you obtain the perfect color, then fill the pump sprayer at the water-to-paint ratio you desire.
Mask off areas you wish to leave unpainted and move all objects away from the area you’ll treat. Also, wet any surrounding concrete so overspray wipes away easily.
Starting from the center of the area you’re painting and moving outward, hold the sprayed 2-3 inches from the turf and spray the paint onto the grass in a circular motion. Continue spraying until you’ve achieved an even green color in the treatment area.
Pro Tip: Apply grass paint when the grass is dry. Wet grass may cause the color to run off before it dries.
Grass Paint: Regreen Without the Wait
While nothing will ever trump proper nutrition, watering, and pest control, these things require weeks and sometimes months to take effect. Grass paint is a quick, easy, and safe way to bring back that green color you crave while waiting for the longer-term fixes to work their magic.