By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
What is lawn painting, and why would anybody be interested in painting the lawn green? It may sound bizarre, but DIY lawn painting isn’t as far-fetched as you might think. Read on to discover more about the benefits of coloring your lawn, and how to paint lawn turf.
What is Lawn Painting?
Lawn paint has been a landscaper’s secret weapon at athletic fields and golf courses for years, but the current drought is prompting homeowners to consider lawn painting as a way to maintain an emerald green lawn when water is in short supply.
Good quality lawn paint is formulated to be biodegradable and safe for the environment. Once the lawn paint dries, the painted turf is safe for children and pets. The color won’t run on dewy mornings, a rainfall won’t wash it off, and it won’t rub off on your clothes. Painted grass usually retains its color two to three months and sometimes much longer.
However, frequency of mowing, type of grass, weather and rate of new growth all affect the color. In some cases, the color may fade in two to three weeks.
How to Paint Lawn Turf
So if you would like to give DIY lawn painting a try, purchase lawn paint at a garden center or landscaping service. Don’t scrimp. Good paint is easier to apply. It will look better and last longer.
Paint your lawn on a dry, sunny, windless day. Mow your lawn and rake up grass clippings and yard debris. If you’ve watered the grass recently, let it dry before you paint because the paint won’t stick to damp grass.
Use plastic sheeting to cover anything you don’t want to paint, including brick or concrete patios, driveways, garden mulch and fence posts. Secure the plastic with masking tape.
Unless your lawn is huge, you can apply lawn paint using a hand sprayer with a fine spray nozzle. A pump sprayer works better for larger lawns, while a spray paint system is more efficient for super large or commercial landscapes. With the nozzle about 7 inches from the turf, apply the paint in a back and forth motion to ensure all sides of the grass are evenly colored.
If any paint lands where you don’t want it, remove it immediately with ammonia-based window spray and a wire brush.
Remember that unless it rains occasionally, you still need to water your lawn enough to keep it alive.
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Is painting a lawn/garden border a good idea?
My lawn goes up to my garden bed with a concrete border between. I looks something like this.
But the plain concrete looks . bad, just bad. I'm thinking about slapping a coat of paint on it, maybe a nice grey or brown colour.
The thing is, I often mow over it and use a mechanical edger. I think I would scratch up the paint. I don't know if scratched up paint work would look worse than unpainted concrete.
Will it get all scratched up if I mow and edge up to it?
- If it does, will it look bad?
Does anyone have painted concrete garden borders?
- How do they look when you mow over them?
1. Artificial Turf:
Instead of slaving week after week to maintain real grass, why not look into fake grass. Artificial grass has come a long way since the 1960s.
It’s true, nowadays artificial grass lawns are even being mistaken for lawns with real grass.
Pros: In the long run, you will end up saving money due to not having to water or fertilize the lawn. And your lawn will never turn brown.
Cons: Yes, it is true that having an artificial lawn is more expensive to have installed, than having natural grass.
Plastic Lawn Chairs
Customizing resin chairs with Krylon ® Fusion All-In-One ® is a simple way to freshen or personalize your old chairs.
- ® Fusion All-In-One ® ">Krylon ® Fusion All-In-One ®
- Gloss Popsicle Orange #2718
- Gloss Patriotic Blue #2716
- All purpose cleaner/degreaser
- Drop Cloth
- Painters tape (optional)
Spray Paint Project Steps
Using an all purpose cleaner/degreaser, wipe down chairs to remove all dirt and grime. (If the plastic is new, wipe down with paint thinner for best results.) Rinse thoroughly with water and allow to dry.
We painted one chair in Gloss Popsicle Orange and the other in Gloss True Blue. If you would prefer to create a pattern using both colors on a chair, use painters tape to mask off your design.
Turn chairs upside down and begin painting the bottoms first.
Applying in a well-ventilated area, hold can 6-8 inches from the surface and paint using a sweeping side-to-side motion with slight overlap.
Allow paint to dry for 30-60 seconds.
Continue to apply light, multiple coats, waiting 30-60 seconds between each, until you are satisfied with the appearance.
Krylon ® Fusion All-In-One ® dries in 25 minutes or less, and can be handled in about one hour.
Once dried, turn the chairs right side up and finish painting them.
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How to Paint Concrete Garden Statues
Concrete garden statues are useful tools for brightening up any household garden. However, if you think uncolored concrete is a little too dull, you may want to consider painting these statues.
Step 1 - Clean Your Statue
You'll need to give your concrete garden statue a vigorous cleaning before proceeding to paint it. Begin by using a feather duster or a vacuum cleaner with brush attachments to remove any dust or cobwebs from the statue. Next, give your statue a thorough scrubbing with a hard bristled scrub brush and a mixture of warm water and mild liquid soap.
Step 2 - Apply Your Primer
Now that your freshly cleaned statue has had ample time to dry, place it on a tarp or expendable towel and begin applying your epoxy primer. If you wish to paint the underside of your statue, begin the epoxy application by turning the statue on its side and using a paintbrush to apply your epoxy primer to the bottom of the statue. Don't forget to apply epoxy in an open-air or well-ventilated area, and for extra safety wear a face mask to avoid inhaling any fumes.
Step 3 - Paint Your Statue
After your epoxy primer has had ample time to dry, you're free to begin painting the statue. In much the same fashion as your primer, begin this process by applying your oil-based paint to the underside of your concrete garden statue and allowing it to dry. Next, apply your paint to the rest of the statue using smooth, even strokes. Follow up by applying a coat of polyurethane topcoat for maximum protection.
What’s the Bottom Line?
As you can see there are several great alternatives to the traditional grass lawn. Each of these methods has amazing benefits, but each also has its cons. Ultimately the decision is up to you, or your lawn care provider. And if you are looking for a lawn care provider you can rely on, look no further than Yourgreenpal.com!
For more info on Drought Tolerant gardens and lawns check out our article How to Maintain Your Landscape During a Drought.,
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