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Painting Grass?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by rcreech, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    We are in the middle of a drought here in OH and no lawn work can be performed. I ran into an ad today about painting lawns using Green Lawnger which is a professional grade product. I called my Lesco rep and he said they carried a product called LESCO Green that would do the same thing. Do any of you have any experience with this product?
    I was thinking about offering this to my customers so they don't have to look at their dormant lawns for the next two months. Presenting it to them as you don't have to water to have a green lawn (they don't water anyway.. and won't). Probably more to my higher end customers. Any opinions out there?
  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    The cost to do it will prohibit 99.9% of people from doing it unless you service a unique group of individuals.
  3. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    Yeah I know several NFL teams paint thier turf in the Fall

    PSUTURFGEEK LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    Turf paint is actually a dye and can get expensive and very messy on your equipment. you could use a 21-3-21 75% ppscu 2% Iron even with the lack of rain this or a similar product will still help to get you some color back.
  5. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    From what I have been told this product is about $45/gal and 1 gallon covers 16K (or 8 oz/1000). Considering this is a special service, I was wondering why a person couldn't charge $120-140 for 16K. That is going over the lawn in two directions. The product will last for 10-14 weeks or until it is mowed off. That is good money! I was just thinking that if this would go it could be good income during drought.

    PSUTURFGEEK LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    It could work, you would have to come up with a sales campign for your clients and see how many are actually interested.
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,456

    We use the Lesco green to fill any spot that dies due to grubs, or if we scalp the bermuda. In winter we touch up rye grass after the first freeze is we miss areas. Keep in mind you need grass to paint can't paint dirt with the Lesco stuff.
  8. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,575

    Used it on a customer's lawn for as wedding. He had been watering the area around his house, so it was green, but the surrounding areas was brown from drought. Worked great. I could tell the difference, but neither he nor his guests knew it was just paint. Cost isn't bad, IMO. I think we pay $250 for a 2x2.5 gallon case, you get about 10k per gallon. Friend of mine uses it on a local little league field every year for the championships. Looks great on TV.

    Just make sure you take the screens out of your sprayer or you'll kill your pump!!!
  9. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163


    Thanks for the info. Couple of questions. How did you apply? Using a hose sprayer or boom? Did you go multiple directions? Any info would be greatly appreciated. How did you charge? I am just looking for something to do and to make a little cash while we all wilt away.
  10. lawnservice

    lawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    the finer the spray the better the results.

    keep in mind this dye will turn anything it comes in contact with green. including equipment, truck bed, clothing, skin, etc etc

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