Dyeing brown grass green


Craig Lundy watches as Kyle McDiarmid makes brown grass green.
Photo by Ric Ernst/The Province

Dyeing brown grass green
Adapted from The Province and The Vancouver Courier by Nila Gopaul
Level 2

The weather is very dry this summer.
Lawns are turning brown.
There are water restrictions all over B.C.

These lawns are not dead.
They will turn green again in the fall
with the rain.

Some people do not like
brown lawns.
They think the colour is ugly.
They think the grass is dead.

Now these people can have green lawns
without using water.
More than 20 companies in B.C.
can turn lawns green.
Some companies say they use
non-toxic dye.
They say the dye is safe for
children and pets.

“This is a multi-million-dollar business
in California,
because of the severe drought,” says Craig Lundy.
He operates Imperial Painting
with his wife.
The couple dyes many lawns.

Movies sets and realtors have used
this dye for many years.
The colour lasts up to 12 weeks.
The cost? About $250 on average.