Turf Painting

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by scweedman, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. scweedman

    scweedman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    Does anyone paint turf or have tried it?
    I'm trying to get some info on it.
  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    Years ago I had a call from a Real Estate company for an open house event. Being a last minute thing I ended up making them happy for a day or two with Green Tracking Dye not paint.

    There is one painted lawn I know of in my town. I have been watching it like all (I am Sure) my competitor are also. It is the front yard of a mowing guy who lives on a main drag. His yard is pretty much all weeds and after about a month started looking not as good as when first sprayed. When first sprayed it stood out like a sore thumb among the brown yards of his neighbors.

    I have also seen paint used as a Spot treatment for brown areas in a yard. IMHO the color doesn't match well at all. But I have a strange form of color blindness I am told. I must see color different than other people according to all the eye tests I have taken.
  3. scweedman

    scweedman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    Seems to look ok in small areas but large lawns it looks spotty. I was thinking
    it was do to not having a good sprayer.(backpack)
  4. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    From my limited experience with Tracker Dye, spray pattern and consistency seem to be important. Checking with my local lesco they tell me a gallon covers 5 to 10 K. Some where in the middle should give you consistent color and coverage. The lawn in my town was done at the highest rate I am sure, because the Green was so unnatural. Even now after a month and half it doesn't look natural. But it is in a working class neighborhood where all the other lawns are brown this time of year.

    I am replying to you because of common interest or curiosity. However IMHO and in my area and this Economy I don't see a big market for this kind service. However I could be wrong. The TV News carried a story a few months back about an other town where a guy was painting lawns Green.
  5. jspray

    jspray LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    We have built a push sprayer specially for turf painting. We were just invited to Myrtle Beach. Horry Co. Convention Center where a Landscape Conf. was put on by Clemson Univ. personnel. I talked about our painting experience and we did a painting demo.

    There was a lot of interest in painting rather than overseeding there. Several paints were talked about: we used Greenlawnger, others were Titan and Evergreen.

    We demonstrated our PE-B all aluminum painter and it's handwand attachment that we used in small areas. The unit will paint about an acre per hr easily with it's 80" boom.

    Unit has 3 gpm Shurflo pump and deep cycle gel battery that will power it all day or 8 hrs. It is then charged overnight with furnished smart charger.

    Unit is lightweight with aluminum frame and pushes easily. 8 gal tank will spray 5,000 sq ft at 1.5 gal per thousand sq ft.

    I am attaching several pictures of our ProEdge painter. Web siteis proedgesprayer.com

  6. scweedman

    scweedman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    jspray, check your private messages
  7. JPsDuramax

    JPsDuramax LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 346

    I was reading on MSN, that is certain areas (I cannot remember where) that painting lawns were really going to take off this year. The reason was foreclosures. Agents want the grass to be "green" without having to pay for a yearlong treatment plan.
  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    My above post about the TV news reporting about lawn painting was in fact directed at foreclosed houses.
  9. MRMelton

    MRMelton LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I painted turf for a couple of spec homes a couple of years ago for a real estate developer. I did it with my skid sprayer...big pain!
  10. tombo82685

    tombo82685 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 288

    I have never used green dye on the greens here, but I have heard in some instances that the dye can get on golfers pants esp if their wearing white so thats probably why we dont do it

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