The harsh summer drought burning across parts of the U.S. is turning green lawns brittle and brown. Sprinkler’s aren’t the answer at a time when water conservation is paramount, so what’s a home-owner to do?
Many home-owners thwarted by the drought have turned to lawn-painting professionals for the solution. Lawn painting — when done properly — utilizes eco-friendly pigments and dyes to give lawns a healthy, lush look. The practice has been popular for several years in dry states like California and Arizona and more and more lawn-painting services are popping up across the U.S.
Growing franchises like YardGreen also say that lawn painting is trending among people who are trying to sell homes, as a gorgeous lawn is a sure way to wow potential buyers. It’s also popular with property-owners who are looking for renters and among business owners.
Brian Howland, owner of Arizona Lawn Painting, told The Associated Press that the foreclosure crisis has helped his business since an abundance of foreclosures in the Phoenix area resulted in numerous neglected lawns.
During an interview with the AP, Howland also described the majority of his customers as “people who don’t feel like messing with their yard.”
Howland’s customers aren’t alone. Results from a Consumer Reports survey conducted earlier this year showed that many Americans would actually rather visit the dentist than work on their yards. But yard work doesn’t have to take up gobs of time and energy. If you’re not ready to hire a landscaping service or a lawn painter, here are six things you can do to save you time while caring for your lawn.