Coloring of Dormant Turf

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by ztrguy, Apr 1, 2004.

  1. ztrguy

    ztrguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE FL
    Posts: 466

    Coloring dormant turf is a quick and easy way to make brown grass green. Facilities that depend upon appearance, such as hotels, business parks, amusement parks, professional ballparks, banks, etc., want the greenest turfgrass and will pay to have it. LESCO Green will turn dormant grass green without damaging the turfgrass.


    Sounds like a great idea to start offering. Has anyone tried this? How good does it work? Any info that you might have on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. P&C Lawn Care

    P&C Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 373

    If it is brown burmuda and they want green grass, why not just seed with Rye grass for winter? Several resturants are being done that way here during the dormant months.
     
  3. ThreeWide

    ThreeWide LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,116

    We did this to my yard a few years ago. It worked out very well as the color was still apparent up until the spring. For maintenance, all you have to do is use the mower or blower to keep the lawn free of leaves and debris. It looks much better when clean.

    I've also overseeded as well with both annual and perennial ryegrass. Annual ryegrass grows extremely fast and has a lighter green color. Perennial grows slower, is a deeper green and stripes up very well. Only problem with perennial is the spring transition period. It tends to persist too long into the late spring/early summer.

    There are 2 drawbacks for overseeding from the homeowner standpoint. One is the need for mowing weekly (great for the LCO) and the other is a rather ugly transition period as the ryegrass dies out. The LCO has to take extra steps to make that transition smoother in the spring.

    Colorants are a once and done deal, but the profit margin could be rather huge I would think. All you need is a air compressor and the same tools needed for spray painting. The risk is the LCO accidentally painting the driveway or some other object.

    From a revenue standpoint, I'd push overseeding since you automatically get the maintenance associated with it. Colorants would be an alternative service for those who would not want the cost of winter maintenance.

    Here is the before and after:

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  4. ThreeWide

    ThreeWide LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,116

    Here is the after:

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  5. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,432

    Wow huge difference,it looks great
     
  6. Harry0

    Harry0 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 223

    Looks great but whats next pasting leaves back on trees in the winter for the shade-lol-Harry
     
  7. wojo23323

    wojo23323 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 608

    Big difference!!!
     
  8. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Coloring is much better than overseeding with winter rye. Read the bag. There is a percentage of weed seeds in every bag of winter rye. Colored lawns (bermuda anyway) will come out of dormancy quicker than non-colored lawns due to the darker color holding heat better. We have colored top end accounts for years with excellent results.
     
  9. griff717

    griff717 LawnSite Member
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    What do you use to color the grass and is it safe if shrubs are sprayed accidentally with it? Does it bleed on to the concrete if you have heavy rains?
     
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,317

    The coloring don't look that good and doesn't last all winter.....rye does just fine in bermuda...it comes out great when temp goes up. It also keeps most weeds down.
     

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