Forget the Water, Dye the Lawn Green With Spray Paint

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Nothing kills curb appeal like brown grass spots or an uncared for lawn. Buyers love vibrant green lawns, but when you’re dealing with abandoned foreclosures, homes in drought areas, or home owners who haven’t committed to the upkeep, getting that green lawn seems impossible.

Not anymore — and you don’t even have to use water either. A new home trend is to grab some spray paint and dye the entire lawn green, ABC News reports.

Some staging and real estate professionals have been embracing green spray paint in covering up brown grass patches for years. But now companies are popping up that will do it for you — and paint the entire lawn, not just a spot here and there.

Lawn Smart USA, based in Tom Rivers, N.J., will dye the lawn green by spraying an environmentally pet and child safe paint onto the lawn that will last up to 3 months.

Some home owners and real estate professionals are being lured to not only the curb appeal but the water savings too.

Watch the video below to see how Lawn Smart USA is transforming lawns, and then take our poll to share your thoughts about this trend.


What do you think of painting a lawn green to cover up a less-than-perfect lawn when trying to sell a home?online survey

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Nina

    You’re kidding, right? It these litigious times only a fool would try to trick a buyer into believing a lawn was green when it was not.

  2. Muriel Lawty

    I do think it is misleading, but my biggest concern is the environmental impact. They say it is safe, but we often do not know the long term affects of chemicals we put “out there”. In the least, it probably kills a lot of small critters (some of whom are beneficial) during the application and while wet.
    SUSTAINABLE HINT: plant yarrow in your lawn. In time it will take hold. It is mowable, weather resistant and comfortable to walk on.
    STAGING HINT: Simply do a good job of grooming. In some areas, brown is the new “green”

  3. Vijay

    If you spray paint the lawn to hide dead grass or brown grass, you should ABSOLUTELY DISCLOSE THIS FACT IN YOUR SELLERS DISCLOSURES.

    If you don’t, it is in my opinion some sort of cheating.

  4. Marilyn Schneider

    If it could be scientifically proven environmentally safe and tested for a great amount of time (years) to prove there were no side affects of any kind to anyone or anything and it was disclosed to the buyer that the lawn was artifically painted and the length of time it would last before it turned brown again and this is for cosmetic appearances only. This is a good question to ask sellers. However, I really prefer it not be painted because if it will wear off in less than 3 months your back to square one again with brown grass. It’s only been covered up for a very short amount of time. And that’s what it feels like, and that’s what it is, “a cover up”. It won’t last and the truth is, you have brown grass.

  5. Brian Dunn

    Most of you are missing the overriding point here. This is designed to create the “wow” factor as a 1st impression. Don’t even try to tell me that you haven’t , “oops”, overlooked the trashy yard next door when shooting your pictures displaying your listing. Realtors constantly focus on the great scenes and overlook or omit the neglected areas. As long as you disclose your “deception” here and advise the prospective buyers in writing, then you have not stretched the truth any more than a good staging of a small room. Two-Three months display for a couple hundred dollars….especially in the Western U.S. where water is a premium seems like a bargain. I want to know what happens if you have your new homeowner start watering over the spray. Does it wash off? Will the underlying grass green up? Lots of unanswered questions….but very possible in my mind as long as you are upfront & honest.

  6. Actually I am surprised to know this. According to me this is not necessary. Instead to make this cosmetic appearances we could invest more time to keep the lawn naturally green. Scientist could research on less cost effective measures to achieve this. Always be natural 🙂

  7. You made an excellent point in that last post. Being able to attract potential buyers by having great curb appeal is an absolute must… Spray painting and dyeing the entire lawn green is brilliant….

  8. A few thoughts.
    I would not necessarily believe that it is environmentally friendly. I’d definitely research the product.
    Spraying a lawn green is like painting over telltale water damage. Neither is wrong if disclosed to the buyer, but it’s slippery slope.
    I can’t imagine people wouldn’t be able to tell it was sprayed, it looks like it would have an unnaturally even appearance.
    If it was a safe product and water supply was an issue, people may choose to have their “lawn” sprayed on a regular basis. People certainly do crazier things than spray painting a lawn.


  9. mary

    Funny thing about green paint. We have a pine tree outside our condo window which the Board is refusing to cut down until it is totally dead. Have been thinking of spraying what is outside our window with green paint so it looks nice……But, on the other side, it sounds like a material misrepresentation if the lawn is actually dying or dead. Not sure it’s a good idea. Good luck.

  10. Juan Viejo

    Painting or dying a lawn in some cities (like Las Vegas, Nevada) could be a temporary solution for several problems:
    1. HOA is going to levy a fine on the owner for not having a green lawn—but read those CCRs to be sure you aren’t violating yet another one of them…
    2. The water company, who now has police power to issue fines for improper lawn watering, has given you a notice that your use/improper use of water is a violation of the law and you will be fined next time you’re caught…
    3. Your bermuda-type grass has gone brown (dormant) on you during winter and you want green in the yard…
    4. You are under pressure to do something about your brown lawn and you don’t have enough money to dig out the grass/weeds and put in “desert” water-saving landscape.
    5. You’re tire of the whole bother of HOAs, CC&Rs, and water police and just want to slide by till your house in the ‘burbs is sold and you can move to the country.