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Managing Winter Turf

Harsh winter conditions like snow and ice often cause turf damage, while dry weather and freezing temperatures can delay spring transition from dormant to green turf.

Many golf course superintendents and professional turf managers have used synthetic covers, anti-desiccant sprays, and heavy sand topdressing to offset winter injury and speed spring green-up.

A cost-effective addition to your management program are LawnLift™ turf colorants.  University research shows that turf treated with permanent turf colorants absorbs more solar radiation in the winter and spring. This elevates soil and surface temperatures, creating a more desirable micro-climate.

FamilyLawnLift™ Green Grass Paint

Applying LawnLift™ Green Grass Paint can decrease winter  turf injury and promote rapid spring green-up, while instantly adding a healthy, natural-looking color. LawnLift™ Green Grass Paint leaves a healthy thin coating on the leaf surface to promote adhesion of the colorants and helps protect against winter desiccation.  The dark green color will persist under snow cover and when exposed to sunlight during the spring thaw, it will supplement turf canopy warm up which leads to faster green-up. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended application of LawnLift™ Green Grass Paint for final mix solution to achieve the desired color.

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LawnLift™ Green Grass Paint

LawnLift™ Green Grass Paint is an advanced visual aid . It produces a visible green color that outlasts temporary marking dyes. LawnLift™ Green Grass Paint  produces a long-lasting, natural-looking green color.

LawnLift™ Green Grass Paint/ turf colorants  give you confidence that your turf has received the protection it needs to handle the adverse effects of a long, cold winter by providing:

– Faster Spring Transition
– Enhanced Turf Growth
– Improved Turf Quality
– Uniform Spray Applications

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Summer heat, overzealous fertilization, dog urine….

Summer heat, overzealous fertilization, or dog urine can cause even the most beloved lawn to turn from lush green to dreary brown. Painting your lawn green is a quick fix that can restore it to at least a version of it’s former glory. Application of our product  is so easy that 95% of our customers apply it themselves… Here are some easy to follow instructions.

Instructions

  1. Prep and Paint

    • 1

      Prepare the lawn by mowing the grass and removing the clippings with a rake. If your lawn mower includes a mulch bag you can forgo raking the lawn.

    • 2

      Use a hose to wet areas surrounding the lawn, such as driveways, walkways and patios. This prevents the paint from adhering to and discoloring non-grass areas.

    • 3

      Mix the LawnLift™ concentrate in a sprayer or bucket with water, follow the directions on the bottle. We recommend 10:1 ratio for best results.

    • 4

      Pour the paint mixture into the sprayer. Be careful not to spill the paint. Wear gloves to protect your hands; do not allow the paint to come into contact with your hands or clothing, as the paint is permanent. Shake the sprayer to ensure the paint is thoroughly mixed with the water.

    • 5

      Spray the paint on a small test-patch on your lawn to see how it looks, check the functionality of the sprayer, and practice your technique. We recommend a small circular motion.

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      Apply the paint to the rest of the lawn. Utilize a grid application, overlapping the previous line by 50 percent to avoid sparse application. Repeat to darken the color to your preference. (In most cases this is not necessary).

Tips & Warnings

  • Grass must be dry for optimal application results; this is very important.

  • In the event of paint over-spray onto non-grass areas immediately use soap, water and a sponge or scrub brush to remove the paint.

  • If the paint comes into contact with your eyes, flush with water for 15 minutes. In the case of persistent irritation, call your physician.

Keeping Grass Green During Droughts with Manditory Water Restrictions!

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

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