I first saw this grass after a nice lunch with my friend Beth. I meant to call her afterwards to get her take, assuming she saw it, as well.
When I first saw this grass, I thought it was astro-turf. Astro-turf has come a long way and there is a nice patch of it at North Hills Mall, in Raleigh’s mid-town. At the Mall, the piece of astro-truf looked so real, I had to go touch it to see if it was. This bit of green grass looked so much like astro-turf, I had to go touch it to see if it was.
Since I forgot my camera, I had to time to give this some thought while I when home to fetch it. It intrigued me. Grass that was painted. My first thought was that is was a very George Jenson-y kind of thing – sorta like astro-turf. But then again, geez, we’re painting everything else. Red mulch, brown mulch, black, mulch, why not green grass? At least that has a better ring to it than red mulch.
As I looked around taking photos, I realized it was just this area around the restaurant, not the whole shopping center. The restaurant is situated on a major section of the shopping center.
Then I saw the sign, Yard Green of Raleigh. I went to their website http://www.YardGreenOfRaleigh.com to get more info. What I really wanted to know was: what is in the paint. But, when I got to the site, it was new and it just stated, more info coming. Hmmm, the restaurant must have been the guinea pig, a good showing of a popular place on a prominent corner.
The web- site did have a nice before photo of a house and lawn with yellow grass along with an after photo with the same house and lawn colored with green grass.
I was curious about the process and the market, so I called Yard Green of Raleigh. I had a nice chat with Patrick Besanson and found out he has the Central North Carolina distributorship. One question led to another.
Here is what I found out:
- Yard Green of Raleigh is a distributorship, based out of South Carolina.
- It can be used on any grass, but most likely will be used for summer grasses such as the Zosia shown here.
- It is not a paint, but rather a dye. Patented after 5 years of Research and Development.
- Approved to be environmentally safe by the USDA.
- Slowly breaks down by UV rays over a 90 day period
- Will dry in 10 minutes on a warm sunny day; may take a whole day on a cold cloudy day
- Cost is $0.10 per square foot with a minimum of $350.00.
- Realtors are his biggest clients mostly to move homes faster followed by happy homeowners staying put.
- Could be used on dormant fescue in the summer when it is brown.
So there you are!
Here are some more photos: