Spray Painting Dead Grass Green. Is this a new Staging opportunity?

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas

Watching Inside Edition on television today.

They had a man spray painting brown, dead grass green.

They said it was a non-toxic product that usually runs about $300 per yard.

The reporter stated that realtors and Banks were using his services to stage a house and give it good curb

appeal.  It is also supposed to cut down on vandalism because the house does look vacate.

What do you think.  Should there be a new section on the disclosure form for spray painted grass?

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Comments (42)

Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

Amber,

You are welcome for the comment.

I think spray painting dead grass is very different. I would be upset if I had a buyer and it wasn't disclosed.  I would hope we would notice it though.

Dec 04, 2008 03:47 PM
Chris Horton
Horton's Lawn Care L.L.C. - Burton, MI

1st I will go personal level on this- WOW.... this is quite possibly one of the dumbest things I have ever heard of. Sure it might look ok on t.v. but I am sure it is obvious in REAL LIFE which is what really matters. Also if this was not disclosed to me I would file a lawsuit in a heartbeat, for roughly 10-15% of the homes value (as a good well taken care of lawn and landscaping can add that to a homes value, so in this case to me it should be subtracted!). This isn't like touch up paint on a wall like someone mentioned before, its more like patching a cracked foundation w/ toothpaste. Yeah it might look like the problem is fixed but it will soon go really bad again. Also say the home doesn't sell in 10-16 weeks or however long it supposedly lasts, then what another $300 1,2,3, etc times until it does sell?

Now for the I am actually in the real lawn care and landscaping business level- Why do a temporary fix you may have to redo who knows how many times, or have someone so ticked about it that they sue you because you didn't disclose this, when you can reseed the lawn with.... OMG actual grass that grows and not only looks realistic but is REAL lol. Seriously, I have reseeded an entire front lawn properly (not just thrown seed around the yard, but actually preped the lawn, and reseeded everything) for $300+, and most entire lawns can be reseeded for $600+(of course depending on the sizes), which can be green and beautiful within 2-4 weeks typically. I reseeded an acre at my house w/ the seed I use on all my reseed/overseed jobs and it was grown in-in a week... but lets face it most people don't follow directions perfectly/ want to water enough to get those results lol

Also if there is an actual disease/ fungus in the lawn and you continue to just paint over it, not only will it never go away, it will continue to spread. You thought the buyers would be ticked because you didn't mention it, wait until it spreads to the neighbors lawns! Sorry but $300 every couple months compaired to roughly $100-$150 total for an actual treatment (or series of treatments) that generally will allow the grass to regrow itself anyways... yeah I am going w/ treating the problem, instead of continually covering the problem :-) And if your painting the lawn because it is the natural "brown season" so you are the only one on the block... heck in the state w/ green grass thats not only going to be entirely obvious, but rediculous looking.

Dec 10, 2008 02:16 PM
Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

Chris,

First off calm down.  I didn't say do it.  I saw it on TV and threw the question out there.

I have been very surprised at some of the comments myself.

Dec 10, 2008 10:32 PM
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC

I just can't believe this would look "real."  It probably isn't going to an marketing idea that sticks.  Just my opinion.

Dec 10, 2008 10:34 PM
Emma Vargas
Simply Staging - Cameron Park, CA
Simply Staging

Hi Brenda-  I've recommended the spray on several occassions to my clients for staging, but only after they took care of the original problems that were causing the brown patches in the first place.  Unfortunately, grass doesn't grow back right away, so it was either spray paint and list right away or wait 3 to 4 weeks for something to grow.  I would never use it to hide a problem, just to provide a temporary fix until the real grass grew back.  It works pretty well too.  I would recommend it again.

Dec 16, 2008 06:55 AM
Belinda OnullBrien
Elegant Stager - New Lenox, IL
Elegant Stager, New Lenox, IL

Does this remind anyone of that hair in a can? Remember you would spray it on and it was suppose to make it look like you had hair? Looked great on TV, wonder what it looked like in real life?

Dec 18, 2008 03:24 AM
Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

Belinda,

Good comparison. 

Dec 19, 2008 03:38 AM
Anonymous
pat

This reminds me of one of my christmas trees I bought a few years ago. I thought the tree was very fresh and after about a week I could not figure out why such a green tree had its needles falling off. well when I looked closer at the bottom branches underneath near the trunk, I could tell the tree had been painted. so now, when buying a live tree, I always check. apparently this pratice is also common in the christmas tree industry. I did not think it was funny at all. my christmas tree turned into a  eight foot charlie brown tree. 

Feb 10, 2009 09:44 PM
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Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

Pat,

That is wrong on so many levels.  Plus I would think that spray painting a Christmas tree would destroy the smell.   As they say, once bitten twice shy.

Feb 10, 2009 11:17 PM
Anonymous
TOM

Brenda good post. Chris you are an idiot.

The only purpose is to cover the ground after repairs are done and you have to wait for it to grow back. On the other hand, when a home is in foreclosure it keeps the neighbors happy, stops squatters and vandalism. The NFL, NBL and every college does it for esthetics and for team logos. Ever wonder why the fields look great? Even on the Astroturf, paint is used. It is not used to sell a house per say, just to give it an appearance. Who is cutting lawns on foreclosures?? Probably Chris!

Feb 13, 2009 09:22 AM
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Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

Tom,

Thanks for the comment.  Chris was protecting his turf.  Sorry, I couldn't help it.

Feb 13, 2009 02:35 PM
Anonymous
Michael Truckey

I am in the business of painting grass green on turfs and residential properties. It will Increase the beauty and curb appeal of any home by giving it a green lawn. Whether you've had problems keeping your lawn green because of damage or disease, over 

fertilization, or simple seasonal issues, painting can give the color back immediately and 

safely.( MOST GRASS IS DORMANT DURING THE WINTER MONTHS)

 

Over-seeding with winter rye grass is the traditional method for those 

who want green grass during the dormant winter months  That process, 

however, has many downsides, not the least of which is harm to your 

lawn.  Over-seeding is time consuming, expensive, requires continuous 

maintenance, and brings no guarantee of a green lawn.

 

Let's say you are planning on over seeding your lawn.  Here's what you 

have in store for you over the fall and winter.

 

Go buy the seed, the fertilizer, the equipment to spread it.  Those are your 

initial costs.  You may pay a landscaper to do it for you, but that is not any 

less!  Once the seed is spread, it requires regular attention.  Watering, 

fertilizing...more time you're putting into the process, as well as more 

money.  

 

Now the fun part, the waiting game!  Cross your fingers and hope that all 

the time and money you've just spent isn't wasted.  Unfortunately, there's 

no assurance that the rye is going to grow.  Many times, it will grow in We just described the hassle of over seeding.  Working all fall and winter 

on your lawn in an attempt to get it green.  Painting gives you the green 

lawn you desire without the hassle.  Painting is easier, less expensive, 

and is actually better for your lawn than over seeding.

Have a green lawn in hours, not weeks or months

Less expensive than the overall costs of over seeding

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No mowing during the winter

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CONSISTENT GREEN THROUGHOUT ENTIRE LAWN!

 

Painting will not harm you lawn at all. (Remember, when you overseed 

you are introducing another grass that your original grass will have to 

compete with for nutrients and sunlight).  There are no chemicals in the 

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Feb 16, 2009 10:30 AM
#34
Diego A. Perez
Connecticut Lawn Painting - Wilton, CT

Hello,

I provide this service in Southern Connecticut. if anyone in that area would like more information, please see my site at www.ctlawnpainting.com or please call me at my cell (914) 843-4401

Thanks

Diego

May 07, 2009 01:32 AM
Green canary
Green Canary - Fresno, CA

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May 16, 2009 06:31 AM
Anonymous
Richard Quintana

Actually when it is professionally done it looks natural and very aesthetic. I provide this service in Colorado. It is not as expensive as some may think. Our fee is 13 cents a sq ft. average cost to customers in my area is between $70 - $130. If you would like more information feel free to contact me. I will update my website with recent photos soon.

Thanks,

Richard

Green Pro Grass

303-249-5332

www.GreenProGrass.com

May 22, 2009 04:43 AM
#37
Anonymous
Anonymous

One more thing, Studies have been conducted at major universites that have concluded that painting the grass in the dormant season actually HELPS the grass. Re-seeding on the other hand they found is more costly and can be damaging in the long run. The cost of reseeding is not only the application but the maintenance which also means time and more money. I believe poeple should take care of thier lawns, watering, fertilizing etc... That said I don't believe painting should replace proper lawn care, but there are areas in the country with watering restrictions. How do you keep a green lawn with very little water? By using a non toxic, environmentally safe grass paint.

I have had many different customers in my area  paint the grass for different reasons. Most recently I painted a few lawns for Graduation parties. People wanted their lawns green fast. Some had aerated, fertilized and watered like crazy. The grass was coming in nice and green in some cases,but for some reason not in all areas. I took care of that problem. Every single one of them loved how it looked. I had one customer, a landscaper, that accidentally sprayed an herbicide thinking it was a fertilizer at one of his commercial job sites. They had an event that weekend and the grass way dying. No time to correct the mistake they called me in. The event went through as planned with no problems. From what I have been told people didn't even know te grass was painted, and I got a call from the landscaper yesterday for another job. i have had customers paint for different reasons, but the results hav remained the same -- happy customers.

I guess that was a couple of things.

Thanks,

Richard

Green Pro Grass

303-249-5332

www.GreenProGrass.com

May 22, 2009 05:40 AM
#38
Anonymous
Green At Last

Sounded crazy to us as well before we tested the product.  Eco-Friendly Turf colorant that has been used on Golf Greens for years. No Photo Shop enhancements on our pictures.  Real customers, real results. 

When the water restrictions hit in Texas, HOAs won't care how your grass got green, just as long as it looks aesthetically pleasing.

 

Check us out:  www.green-at-last.com

Jun 16, 2009 06:12 AM
#39
Anonymous
Green Earth Lawn Painters

As a former Realtor and sales manager of a real estate firm I wish we had a service like this a long time ago. The product my company applies is safe and looks as good if not better than real grass. I know this is so new that most people don't understand the process, but it will be an everyday curb appeal enhancer in the near future. If there is any fear of a problem from a buyer please disclose that the lawn was treated just like golf courses are. No worries if you disclose it. It is the same as putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls or exterior of the home, I've never heard anyone's fear of a "cover up" when that is done. Please keep an open mind, just because you have never heard of it, or think it is a bad idea. The duty of any Realtor worth their weight in salt is to put the property owners best interest at heart, not dismiss the new ideas in curb appeal. If there was ever a time to have the best lawn on the block it is when the house gets listed. And this process works!!

For more information and a video of just how good this works, please take the time to visit

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Randy Geades, Owner

 

Aug 05, 2009 10:50 AM
#40
Anonymous
Green At Last
Nov 03, 2009 10:22 AM
#41
Anonymous
Ryan Prillman

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Jan 29, 2012 04:21 PM
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