Why the grass can always be greener
New lawn paint craze could cut bills - and help the environment
Are those DEWA bills feeling a little hefty at present? If so it might be time to hang up the hosepipe and think about painting your grass to keep it nice and green.
A firm has begun offering lawn painting services that it says will cut down on wasting precious water.
Already popular in California and Australia, lawn painting allows residents to cover up dry patches and also temporarily moisten their lawns.
Green Keeper Middle East said it takes an average of 12 litres of water per square foot of lawn, and that residents in the region would have to water it twice per day to keep it healthy.
By painting the grass - the paint lasts for three months - you can go days without having to switch on the sprinkler, the firm said.
Lawn painting hit the headlines last year when Californians hit by the summer drought painted their gardens bright green.
Silvia Contri, Managing Director of Green Keeper Middle East, said: “We understand that maintaining a green vibrant colour of grass in lawns is a difficult task, this is why we have come up with a way to cater to this concern with an all-natural solution that represents good value for money and at the same time is environment-friendly.”
The firm pointed out that DEWA is currently urging residents to cut back on water use. It aims to reduce demand for water and energy by 30 per cent over the next 14 years.
DEWA stated that landscaping currently accounts for 20 to 25 per cent of all residential water use and as much as 30 per cent of water can be lost to evaporation by watering the lawn during midday.
Due to the lack of fresh water, only 1.2 per cent of water used in Dubai comes from the ground while 98.8 per cent of the water is desalinated.
In 2015, the residential sector in Dubai recorded the highest consumption of water with 59 per cent, according to DEWA.
We understand that maintaining a green vibrant colour is difficult – Director Silvia Contri