Kristine Lofgren

Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

by , 07/25/14

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California’s crippling drought has forced many residents to cut back on water-wasting activities, but one company is making the best of a bad situation by helping them keep their lawns looking good by painting them green! Green Canary and other companies in California are painting dead and dormant brown lawns to create the illusion of a lush, healthy lawn that doesn’t need irrigating.

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California’s drought has wreaked havoc on the state, disrupting salmon spawning, increasing the risk of earthquakes and costing the state billions of dollars. And there is no sign of relief in sight because, according to some scientists, this could just be the beginning of a century-long drought. So citizens are looking for ways to improve their water use without sacrificing the things they love.

Related: Scientists Predict California May be Headed for a 100-Year Megadrought

For some people, that means finding ways to keep lawns green without wasting water. Green Canary uses an aqueous polymer to coat lawns, a solution that also suppresses weed growth in a way that isn’t toxic to the planet or people. It’s kind of like finding a way to have your cake and eat it too. And until the state finds a solution to the water crises, we’d say it’s a pretty good solution.

Via The Guardian

Lead image via Shutterstock, image via Green Canary

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