This is being presented as a "drought hack," demonstrating how far one can stretch the definition of the latter word.
Amidst California's recent drought, a lot of folks' lawns are unsurprisingly dying. That's what happens when humans try to force particular breeds of nature to exist in inhospitable climates. And so concerned are a subset of Californians with appearances, and so disrespectful are they of nature, that they are now paying in the neighborhood of 25 cents per square foot to have companies spraypaint their lawns green.
To be fair to the painters, both the guy mentioned in the video and this Sacramento-based lawn painter claim their paints are non-toxic. The latter painter claims that "there are no chemicals in the paint that we use, it is and (sic) non-toxic, so it is 100% completely safe for your kids, pets and any other living thing your lawn comes into contact with and for the lawn itself."
I'd like to see more details as to the chemical composition, but none are provided.
Wouldn't a better solution be to do what the southwestern states do, and landscape with cacti and plants that can naturally cut it in the climate?
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It's fun to poke fun at California and I suppose we deserve it. Please know that we laugh at you guys and the endless annual "snowmageddon" stories (and being a former east coaster, I revel in those stories, so please don't stop--they make my winter each year). Plus, the story above it's sensationalism at it's best; a great way to get attention to an article that is filled mostly with fluff. The reality here locally in the Bay Area is much different and (of course) more complex. Few people in my area are painting their lawns. You don't actually even hear much about it. In fact, I just went and did a Yelp search for "Lawn Painting" in the seven Bay Area counties and only found two companies offering it. Granted, you do hear about lawn painting in some other areas (i.e. **real** suburbia) where the 1950's-60's "keeping up with the Joneses" mentality still prevails.
Nothing new. They done this in the southwest for decades at least.
I've felt like this drought is a great chance for someone to come up with a great design plan to kill the front lawn in California. Think of all the cool ways you could use that space if you weren't tied to the traditional suburban plan. Those rocks in arizona and new mexico always feel like the most out of place "Band-Aid" solution I've ever seen. Although maybe only slightly less than painting your grass green.
is a good article might help stop the water crisis in California, in my search I found an article as good or a little better about the drought in California and how it could stop the scourge, but also about world water war and H2O Dynamo https://www.patriotdirect.org/californias-drought-problem-a-problem-that-was-waiting-to-happen/
"Amid"(not "Amidst"), please.
How can there be a chemical composition when "there are no chemicals in the paint that [they] use"? I figure they actually just give you a pair of green-tinted glasses.
It's okay it's water based paint.
That is messed up!
That is awesome!!! I hate having a nice front lawn, we've made 2/3 of our front lawn into flower beds or vegetable gardens. I love the idea of painting your lawn, it's so Vegas.
Leave it to someone named Rain to post something anti-California. :p