Did your lawn get burned in the summer heat?
Looking for a simple solution to make your yard look better immediately?
Well, the best option may be to simply paint it.
The good news is that painting your lawn is actually pretty easy.
And if you do it right, it can last for 2 to 3 months.
Below are the 5 simple steps to painting your lawn yourself. And a recipe you can use to make your own lawn paint!
And you won’t need any fancy equipment to do it either!
Let's jump in!
Tips To Keep in Mind While Painting Your Lawn
Before jumping into the 5 steps to painting your lawn, you want to bear these tips in mind:
Wear Clothes You Don’t Mind Getting Stained- Much like the paint for your home, the paint for your lawn will stain clothes, so dress accordingly.
Test Your Paint First- Find an out-of-the-way spot where you can test the color of the paint so you can see if you need to adjust it. You may find that you will need to make 2 passes to get the color you are going for if you want the lawn to be a darker green. Or you may need to dilute the paint a bit if you want a lighter look.
Check the Weather- Pick a dry day where rain is not expected for 24 hours. It’s also best to pick a day that is not windy so you can avoid overspray on unwanted surfaces.
Spray In a Circular Pattern- Don’t swing the spray nozzle left to right like you would a weed eater, instead spray in a random circular motion. This will avoid a noticeable pattern in the color of the lawn.
Practice First- Start painting your grass where no one will notice if you make a few mistakes and learn how to get an even coat.
Step One: Gather Your Painting Tools
Once you have decided that painting your lawn is the right solution, simply put, the first step is to gather the tools.
Luckily you won’t need much either!
To start you will need:
Pump sprayer (a cheap one will do)
And lawn paint.
You can either buy lawn paint online or at your local hardware store, or you can make your own paint for the lawn.
Pro Tip! Use a dedicated sprayer for your lawn paint. The sprayer WILL become stained.
Step Two: Cut the Lawn To Height and Rake it Out
Assuming you haven’t already, take the time to cut your lawn to the height you would like it to be.
If you start with your lawn at the right height, the paint job can last up to 3 months while you may need to do a fall touch-up.
Next, you will want to rake out any extra debris on the lawn.
Pro tip! Before mixing your lawn paint, put on the proper protective equipment. Wearing gloves and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty is a good idea.
You can also throw on the white New Balances to get that proper grass stain look detailed on them if you don’t want to mess up your premium lawn care shoes.
Step Three: Mix the Paint into The Sprayer
Now you will want to read the instructions on the paint’s label.
Lawn paint concentrate can be diluted with water quite a bit.
Most find that a mixture of 6 parts water to 1 part paint is optimal.
Now, add your mixture to the spray pump.
Pro Tip! Remove the tube from the inside of the sprayer and remove the screen at the end. While this filter may be useful with thinner liquids, paint has a hard time making it through the screen.
Step Four: Spray Your Grass Green
Now it's time for the fun part. Let's spray your lawn!
Simply start in a corner of your lawn, holding the spray nozzle about 5 - 8 inches from the lawn, and spray the paint on your lawn.
When it comes to borders and edges like driveways, spray in toward the lawn rather than toward the walkway. This will prevent overspray from getting onto your hard surfaces.
Pro Tip! Grass paint will stain any hard edges like sidewalks, driveways, etc. Have a hose at the ready so that you can spray any surfaces that may get overspray on them.
Step 5: Clean Up
Now that your lawn is green again, remember to clean out your pump sprayer so that you can use it next year if you need it.
Your newly painted lawn will take about 24 hours to cure. Be sure to keep any children and pets off of the lawn.
While dry lawn paint is safe for pets unless it’s St. Patrick's Day, I doubt you want to be dealing with a dog who has been stained green.
Now that we have painted your lawn, learn how to avoid a brown lawn in the future.
In a Nutshell: Painting Your Own Lawn
Painting your lawn is an easy process, and a great way to get out of the difficult situation of having a brown lawn.
While there are many causes for a brown lawn, if you have to cover it up, green lawn paint is a good way to resolve the problem temporarily.
But I recommend that you look into what is causing your lawn to turn brown because it is often preventable.
For more great how-to guides check out our lawn care blog for homeowners.
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