Lawn Green: “Getting a little brown? Just spray it”

Via Anna Gilkerson
on Sep 28, 2008
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I was watching TV (gasp!) and on CNN they were showing a video of some guy spray painting his lawn green.

Um ok.

Of course I am immediately concerned for the little ants and bugs and whatever else may be stuck in the green abyss and for all the environmental implications.  I guess they think the green abyss is a good thing…

“Let’s sell off some black debt houses in the middle of the winter.”

Green Valley Ranch development in Denver, Colorado July 26, 2007


Forget the white picket fences, this is waaaaay better.

Our own natural lawn after lots of rain

Or is it? I was so shocked (yes, ok. I live in Canada) that I ran up to my computer to see how toxic this stuff is and wondering the whole time how in the heck has it come to this? Al Gore would be outraged.

So I was told that anyone can spray their grass green and not harm the environment too.

Here’s the recipe for Lawn Green from Wisebread:

  • One full can of regular pop (any kind-no diet soda)
  • One full can of beer (no light beer) Who drinks the stuff anyway?
  • 1/2 Cup of Liquid dishwashing soap (do NOT use anti-bacterial dishwashing liquid)
  • 1/2 Cup of household ammonia
  • 1/2 Cup of mouthwash (any brand)
  • ** have heard also Epsom salts are good
  • Pour into 10-gallon hose-end sprayer (other sizes will work too)
  • In high heat, apply every three weeks

I think if you used non-toxic soap it would be ok, but the ammonia? The mouth wash??!! I mean that stuff will kill anything in it’s path. I am not sold. It’s just too strange.

This recipe is the All American dream, beer, mouthwash and soda. How good can it get?

Tell us what you think…


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3 Responses to “Lawn Green: “Getting a little brown? Just spray it””

  1. Rick Gilbert says:

    Ammonia, in various forms, is a main ingredient in many (if not most) fertilizers. Compared to many commercial products, the recipe listed here looks pretty benign to both the environment and human health (compared to things like 2,4-D weed and feeds, malathion, etc). Eliminating your lawn is better–but some people live in areas with homeowner covenants and might have a hard time totally getting rid of them.

  2. jaime says:

    just water your lawn. it will be green. people get so competitive about their lawns.

  3. Jenny says:

    This product is completely unnecessary and so are lawn fertilizers. When the earth and all living creatures on it perish will it matter what our lawns looked like?