Why the grass can al­ways be greener

New lawn paint craze could cut bills - and help the en­vi­ron­ment

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ma­hak Man­nan @Ma­hakLFC ma­hak@7days.ae

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

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