LawnLift Grass Paint: Update

The team at LawnLift.ca contacted me to let me know that they are all ready for spring with a new formulation for their lawn paint and a new selection of colors suitable for painting mulch as well as grass.

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They are offering my followers a 10% discount on their purchase by mentioning gardeninggrrl when you place your order. That’s awesome, thanks LawnLift!

Product Review: LawnLift Grass Paint

LawnLift Grass Paint

A few years ago I was lamenting the fact that I couldn’t find a grass paint product in Canada. As the owner of a dog I’d really love to find something to mask those ugly brown spots that result from a winter of urinating repeatedly on the same area of the lawn.
In response to the lack of products available, I tried to make my own homemade lawn paint and I must admit I was less than successful.
Well, this year I was approached by the Canadian distributor of LawnLift and advised that indeed there is now a grass paint available in Canada! It’s available currently on amazon.ca, but their Canadian website is in the works and I’ll post an update as soon as its available.
The LawnLift starter kit comes with a 237 ml (8 oz) bottle of concentrate, a measuring cup and a sprayer. The concentrate is diluted 10-1 with water, mixed in the sprayer and applied directly to the lawn. Pretty simple stuff, in fact it was easier to apply and not as messy to use as I thought it would be.  Average drying time is 30 minutes, but it’s best not to let pets out for an hour (unless you like green paws).
LawnLift is not a lawn repair, it’s a non-toxic lawn paint. It doesn’t encourage grass growth nor does it hinder it, it’s just meant to cover unsightly dead spots or brighten the appearance of a lawn that isn’t thriving. It’s claim to fame is that LawnLift is 100% safe for the environment and 100% biodegradable. The result can last for several months depending on the weather and growth conditions – when sprayed on actively growing grass it will be gone after the grass has been mowed a few times.
I took some before pictures and sprayed a number of spots in my backyard using the kit I received in the mail. I took some after photos for comparison.
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After: Not fooling anybody but better looking than dead grass
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After: In the shady spots the outcome is pretty natural looking
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After: Not dramatic but a subtle improvement here that looks better in person
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After: Definite improvement
 
Overall, my impression was good. I think that the dead patches certainly don’t draw the eye directly to them like they did when they were a stark brown color.
It did seem as though I went through a lot of paint to cover up the few spots where I applied it. I’m going to use the last 1/3 of the bottle on an area in my front yard.
I’ll also be doing a follow up in a few weeks time to show how the LawnLift paint is doing.
For more information about LawnLift in Canada, contact nlundy@lawnlift.ca

Edmonton Master Composter Recycler Program Lesson Three: Grasscycling

Over the next two months I will be sharing my experience with the Edmonton Master Composter-Recycler Program. Maybe it will inspire somebody to learn more about composting. Maybe a few people will discover more about recycling. Perhaps more than one reader will find something here that they can take away and use in their own community.

I haven’t bagged my lawn clippings since I can remember. I never understood why anybody would go through the trouble and mess to collect the grass when it could be left on the lawn to feed the soil. In the fall I collect a combination of grass and leaves to use as a protective mulch on my flowerbeds, but other than that I don’t use the bag on my mower at all.

Grasscycling is one of the least complicated things Edmontonians can do to reduce waste.

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In the summer months 40-50% of all household waste picked up curbside is grass clippings. Yes, it is composted at our Composting Facility, but transporting to the facility is a huge drain on resources. Bags of grass are heavy, dense and take up space in the truck – trucks fill up faster and need to make more trips to the waste management facility. In addition, the volume of grass overloads the compost system throwing off the balance of nitrogen and carbon rich materials. Leaving it in situ, that is on the lawn, is a much more efficient and environmentally sound practice.

So how does one go about grasscycling? It’s easy. Any lawnmower can be used. Simply cut your lawn at a height of 2.5-3 inches every 4-5 days during peak growing season. Cut it high and cut it dry. The time you save collecting clippings will easily make up for a few more cuttings during the summer months.

Leaving clippings on the lawn improves the lawn’s ability to retain moisture and provides much needed nitrogen and other micro-nutrients to the soil. It’s a win-win situation. It’s one of those things that doesn’t demand over-thinking. If anything, it requires under-thinking.

VIDEO: City of Edmonton Grasscycling

Special thanks to this week’s guest instructors:

Mary-Jo Gurba-Flanagan: Graduate of the MCR program 2007
Pat Church & Myles Curry: Social Marketing, Waste Management Department – Designing campaigns to change people’s behavior

Keep off the Grass!

Now My Downspout Extension is off the Grass

I wanted to lift my Downspout Extension off the lawn so that I could get rid of the dead grass it was creating. I didn’t want to spend any money to do so.

I took a regular coat hanger, bent it into a U shape and made myself a lifter for the flex-a-spout. I wish I had thought of it sooner 🙂

 

Homemade Grass Paint

I was thinking…why don’t they make spray paint for the lawn so that I can paint the bare spots in the spring until they fill in?

Well, it turns out they do make grass paint; the problem is that I can’t find any in Canada. If it exists here, I don’t know where.

Update: Check out this info here and here about Lawnlift grass paint available now in Canada

So my next thought was, why not make it myself? It can’t be too difficult…right. Well, yes and no. I found a recipe for grass paint, but I’m afraid it didn’t turn out quite as nicely as I had hoped. I really wanted something that worked like that spray-on hair product that you could buy a few years ago – except waterproof…and green. Well, it looks slightly better than nothing, and perhaps with some rain those bare spots will fill in a little more rapidly than they would on their own. I’ll keep you posted.

Here’s the recipe:

2 lbs lawn fertilizer

4 lbs epsom salts

1/4 cup green food coloring