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Grass Painting Ensures Greener Lawns During Drought


Tight water restrictions and increased conservation mean many California lawns are turning brown. But in Stockton, a landscaping company is making sure that the grass is always greener at some residents' homes.

Joe Delucchi's front lawn is brown and dry and crunches underfoot. But David Deane is about to change that.

"This grass couldn't be any drier, it is absolutely dead," he says.

Deane, who owns Green Deane Eco Landscaping, is painting the front lawn green using a hand held sprayer.

Delucchi says the price is right.

"Probably about 50 bucks to paint it and sod would probably have been a $1,000 or more depending on what kind of sod you get," he says.

Deane says the paint comes from non-toxic organic pigments and is safe for kids and pets and easier on the eyes than a parched front yard.

"Lasts for 6 to 8 weeks at least, especially when it's not mowed and there's no rain forecast anytime soon, it's going to last foreseeably the rest of the summer," he says.

Painting the yard takes about half an hour, and Delucchi is a satisfied customer.

"I like it, I don't have to mow it, it's good, it's just instant green, no more maintenance by me," he says. "Best of both worlds, now I have time to do what I like to do, yeah that's great."

So Delucchi can not only save water but watch his neighbors turn green with envy.


Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio