2011 was a record year for many states when it comes to drought conditions. Texas was hit especially hard. The drought affects home owners as well as business owners in many ways but the main consequence of this current drought is the difficulty of keeping a beautiful, lush green lawn all year. With the summer heat as well as the watering restrictions, lawns all over the greater Houston area are yellow, brown and just ugly. Most counties in the surrounding areas have issued voluntary water restrictions which means residents as well as business owners can volunteer to not water their lawns. Some counties have issued mandatory water restrictions which limit the amount of water used as well as the time of day that the water can be used. Few counties have issued mandatory water restrictions that prevent the residents and business owners from using any water at all! This poses a major problem when it comes to lawn care and keeping a nice green lawn all year.
The first tip to keeping a green lawn during a drought is to water the yard during late night hours. During the day time in the summer, temperatures can rise well above 100 degrees which causes water to evaporate rapidly. This evaporation burns the grass and causes discoloration and creates an uneven, brown and yellow color to the yard. By watering at night, the water does not evaporate nearly as fast and allows the grass to absorb what it needs to stay green. Just set the sprinkler system during early morning hours between 12 am to 6 am. If there is no sprinkler system, watering can take place up to about 8:30 am without any issues.
Adding fertilizer to the lawn can also help the grass keep its green color. By adding fertilizer as well as grass seed during the watering process, the results should be much improved in comparison to watering alone. The only issue with watering, seeding and fertilizing is the cost. With the limited water resources during a drought, water prices increase tremendously, leaving home owners and business owners with an ever increasing utility bill. A golf course located in the Cypress area stated their water bill for the month of July 2011 was a staggering $35,000 dollars! But you ask, is watering absolutely necessary to keeping a green lawn all year? The answer is NO!!!
The latest trend in the Houston area is sweeping the city by storm. It is a new technology for residential lawns as well as business lawns that has been used on golf courses and football fields for decades. It is the only cost effective way to keep a green lawn all year long without over spending on water, fertilizers and seeding. We are talking about “Grass Painting”!! Grass Painting you say??? Yes… That’s Correct!
A company based in Southern California “LawnLift™” is leading the wave of the future. Their paint is non-toxic, biodegradable and perfectly safe for kids and pets as well as the environment. Once dry the paint lasts for up to 3 months. After the product is applied, rain or watering will not fade it and it will not run off the lawn into the drainage system. For more information as well as before and after pictures, check out http://www.LawnLift.com/ Also check out the LawnLift™ Facebook page.http://facebook.com/LawnLift