Drought hack: Who will bring lawn painting to Vancouver?

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      Earlier this week, the City of Vancouver imposed Stage 3 water restrictions that include a ban on residential and nonresidential lawn sprinkling.

      The province’s dry summer means that’s leaving many Lower Mainland lawns brown.

      Homeowners who still have a lush and green front lawn risk being labeled a “grasshole”, the implication being they are likely defying the city’s ban on lawn watering.

      Now, one industrious California man has emerged with a “drought hack” that could be adopted by Vancouver residents as a way to beat the heat.

      “We specialize in painting lawns that have turned brown during the drought,” explains Josh Cox in a video produced by AJ+. “We paint them back to their natural colour.”


      California is several years into one of its worst droughts on record. In Fresno, where Cox’s lawn-painting business is based, water restrictions in place this summer allow for residents to water their lawns twice per week.

      Cox markets his company, Mirage Lawn Painting, as a solution to a brown and crispy front yard.

      “The drought, it’s terrible. I would say 80 to 90 percent of the lawns are either brown completely or have a lot of brown spots,” he says. “Hopefully it starts raining and we won’t be needed anymore. But for now, it is definitely busy.”


      Update: The future is now. As Leslie Boldt noted on Twitter, this service has already arrived to Vancouver.




      Jul 24, 2015 at 3:50pm

      “We paint them back to their natural colour.” Well, in this case, their natural colour is BROWN because they haven't been watered. Because there is a water shortage. I'd rather look at brown grass for a few months than have the city soaked in paint.

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      Jul 25, 2015 at 12:10am

      This was written in other papers a month ago as already bring done, and, by a local firm

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      LawnLift Canada

      Jul 31, 2015 at 6:27am

      It's here!!! Grass Painting is in Vancouver. LawnLift Canada and imperialpainting.ca are offering the service or product for DIY. Green grass. No sprinklers! The new way of curb appeal. 778-239-1209

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