Amid Drought, Homeowners 'Fix' Lawns With ... Paint
Using green dye on brown grass is catching on, says AP
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2012 4:08 PM CDT
A painted lawn, left, compared with the neighbor's grass in Staten Island, NY.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – Is your lawn wilting into a brown wasteland because of the drought? Consider a paint job. That's the solution many are relying on to give their dead yards the look of blooming green life as the worst drought in decades parches a huge expanse of the US. One New York City resident paid $125 to have her dried-up grass painted with a green organic dye. "It looks just like a spring lawn, the way it looks after a rain," she tells AP. "It's really gorgeous."

The drought has spread across two-thirds of the country now, and inhabitants of usually lush regions are adopting the grass-painting technique that has been used for years in the West and Southwest. The dyed grass retains its new color for a few months, says a contractor, and "it's a night-and-day difference."