Grass is always greener with paint

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If it's green grass you want, Taylor Davis can make it happen.

The owner of ProGreen Lawn Painting paints lawns green, a concept that he got off TV. The 24-year-old business management student at Augusta State University started the business last month with $5,000.

Also the owner of Davis Pressure Washing, Mr. Davis said he wanted to perform a service he could do in colder months.

"In the warmer months, I get a lot of pressure washing calls. When the winter time comes around, hopefully I can supplement my income with grass painting," he said.

For his paint jobs, Mr. Davis uses a turf colorant that is used on golf courses and athletic fields. The paint is non-toxic and contains ammonia, which creates nitrogen and feeds grass like fertilizer, he explained.

"I'm not only painting the grass green, but it's also adding food," Mr. Davis said.

"A lot of golf courses are actually painting their greens rather than overseeding them with ryegrass. It's a cheaper alternative, and it looks just as good," he said.

Mr. Davis uses a hand-held sprayer connected to a 60-gallon tank on a trailer for his paint jobs, which last about three months.

There are three shades of green from which to choose. The paint dries in 30 minutes to one hour and forms a protective barrier around each blade of grass, Mr. Davis explained.

"Rain doesn't really affect it, and it doesn't fade out. The only way to get it out is to cut the grass," he said.

Mr. Davis provides services for residential and business clients in the Augusta-Aiken area. He believes lawn painting is ideal for real estate agents, who might need something extra to sell a home.

He charges by the total amount of paint used. A small lawn can cost from $100 to $150.

For now, Mr. Davis is flying solo while he gets his business off the ground.

"I hope that it will become a year-round thing," he said.

Reach LaTina Emerson at (706) 823-3227 or latina.emerson@augustachronicle.com.

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On the Web: www.progreenlawnpainting.com

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kiddspur
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kiddspur 11/28/08 - 06:11 am
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Now here is a man who instead

Now here is a man who instead of sitting and whinning about the economy is actually trying to do something about it. Lots of luck in the new business adventure.

As It Is
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As It Is 11/28/08 - 07:42 am
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What a good and positive

What a good and positive article on a good hardworking American who is going to make it happen for himself instead of waiting on someone to hand it to him. Of course, when he does do very well, he will have to pay more taxes for those who would prefer to sit on their butts and wait for the government to take care of them.

Coinboy1951
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Coinboy1951 11/28/08 - 09:49 am
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I've known this young man for

I've known this young man for a long time and it's not surprising that in these times of uncertainty, he has risen above the negativity of our current economic situation and has the courage to take the risk involved in starting a new business.
Good luck to this enterprising young man!

mable8
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mable8 11/28/08 - 10:59 am
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Obviously, Mr Davis is a fan

Obviously, Mr Davis is a fan of HG TV, which recently showed how to cover the brown spots in a lawn with grass paint (house was being staged for sale). Nice to know that some will actually take the time and test those 'hints' out. Best of luck, Mr Davis; hope your business thrives.

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punk-rock101 11/28/08 - 01:23 pm
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It's nothing new, golf

It's nothing new, golf courses have been doing this for many years on the dormant greens to save money and time from overseeding them with grass. Rain and time does affect the colorant, as a worker at a few golf courses in the area, I have seen it first hand. Three to four weeks maximum with perfect weather. The turf paint is sort of expensive around $70 for two gallons or so. Good idea to do homeowners yards though. With the prices of rye grass seed, fertilizer and gas fluctuating so much it will save the homeowner in the long run.

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Farful 11/28/08 - 01:24 pm
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good luck

good luck

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 11/28/08 - 01:37 pm
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An informative article about

An informative article about an enterprising young man. I wish you much success in your business, David!

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sharpshooter 11/28/08 - 01:51 pm
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Thinking of different uses

Thinking of different uses for equipment he already owns is "common sense; which is not too common these days."
Book it Mr. Davis. You have inspired many people with today's story.

Coinboy1951
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Coinboy1951 11/28/08 - 02:41 pm
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I was reading the comment

I was reading the comment about the man who has worked at a few golf courses in the area. Of course due to the heavy foot traffic on the greens, the paint doesn't last as long. Mr. Davis painted my yard in the middle of October and it still looks vibrant and green! He claims that the paint will last for three months, so far so good!

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PTHS225 11/28/08 - 09:40 pm
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"Rain doesn't really affect

"Rain doesn't really affect it, and it doesn't fade out. The only way to get it out is to cut the grass," he said.

I think this explains the faiding on the greens. They sttill have to be manicured even when dormant. Good luck to this man!

iletuknow
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iletuknow 11/28/08 - 10:50 pm
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Synthetic grass installation

Synthetic grass installation should be his next move.

ritabrad
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ritabrad 05/08/09 - 11:16 pm
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I know this is an old article

I know this is an old article but just in case people are still reading it from time to time--our company paints/dyes grass in Southern California. We are at www.makemygrassgreen.com

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