How to Make Your Own Grass Dye

Green grass is among the most desirable features of a landscape. Brown grass, however, makes even the most gorgeous landscapes seem lackluster. Despite the greatest efforts, green grass is sometimes hard to come by, particularly during droughts when watering with a hose is impractical. Thankfully, there's a solution to get green grass without the thunderstorm: dye the grass green. To save on the cost of having a landscaper do it, buy grass dye or make it at home.

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Step 1

Pour the 2 cups of liquid lawn fertilizer in the 5-gallon bucket. Buy fertilizer in liquid form, or follow the package directions to make it from fertilizer granules.

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Step 2

Stir 4 lbs. of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) into the liquid fertilizer with a paint stick, adding a little at a time and stirring gradually to dissolve the salt. Coupled with the fertilizer, the magnesium sulfate gives grass a nutrient boost to help it spring back with lush, green growth.

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Step 3

Pour 1/4 cup of green food coloring into the mix and stir until the color is thoroughly incorporated. Add more or less food coloring to adjust the tint of the mixture.

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Step 4

Pour the mixture into the tank of the hose-end sprayer attachment. This hooks right up to the garden hose so that the dye is able to mix with the water as it is sprayed.

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Step 5

Adjust the spray nozzle to a wide setting and begin spraying the lawn in one corner, sweeping slowly from side to side until the lawn is covered. Let the dye dry and then repeat on areas that are extremely dry or brown so the color is uniform across the lawn.