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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.


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

Dog Urine and Grass

Your Backyard looking something like this?

We feel your pain… Virtually all of us at own a dog or two… Or three! 😉  Dogs Damage Lawns, that’s just part of the deal when you decide to bring one home. While we all love our furry little friends, the bottom line is that we know dog’s love to pee on lawns and it seems like the greener the lawn, the bigger the target!

Dog urine and feces can often be a frustrating problem related to lawn care. Small amounts may produce a green up or fertilizer effect while larger amounts often result in lawn burn or dead patches. While most burn spots will recover with time and re-grow, dead areas can be large enough in some cases to require re-seeding or sodding. For homeowners who are also dog lovers, this can present a dilemma, particularly when one family member prefers the dog and another prefers a well-manicured lawn. An understanding of the interaction between dogs and the lawn can keep the yard (and family) at peace, not in pieces.

The fundamental problem with the presence of dog urine or feces on the lawn is related to the nitrogen content and concentration of these waste products. Urine, when produced as a waste product in animals, primarily removes excess nitrogen from the body via the kidneys. Nitrogen waste products are the result of protein breakdown through normal bodily processes. Carnivores, including cats and dogs, have a significant protein requirement, and urine volume/production varies due to size and metabolism. Dog urine is a more serious problem for lawns because it is applied all at once as a liquid fertilizer, whereas feces slowly releases the waste products over time. Since stools are usually solid, owners have the option of frequent manual removal. With more time for the nitrogen waste to dissolve into the lawn, stools that are frequently removed damage lawns less than urine.

Young dogs of both sexes frequently squat to urinate. Leg lifting is often learned by male dogs around a year of age; castration or neutering does not seen to affect nature’s timetable related to this behavior development. While most male dogs will hike their leg and mark once they are over a year of age, a few will continue to squat when urinating, which is more common in female dogs. Female dogs may also mark although less commonly than male dogs. Once dogs begin urine marking, they often utilize many and numerous scent posts resulting in numerous, small volume urinations rather than large volume puddles. Grass can handle small volume nitrogen bursts easier than fertilizer overload. Unfortunately, the young bush, shrub, vine or tree sprout that becomes a marking post may have nitrogen (fertilizer) overload with repeated marking and may die if continually “marked. knows this problem well and was developed with this in mind. Our propitiatory blend of all natural plant based pigments and non-toxic binders are a PERFECT SOLUTION to this dreaded problem. We have formulated our Grass and Mulch paints with a natural occurring ammonium that not only helps it dry quicker, but also works as a deterrent so that Sparky doesn’t to go back and urinate in that same spot! has you covered so go ahead and let Sparky do his or her business! LawnLift™  covers those spots with a rich natural green color, so visually nobody will ever know that Sparky loves to PEE all over your perfectly manicured masterpiece!

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 Also check out the LawnLift™ Facebook page.

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