Thursday, September 23, 2010

Oregon State University Paints Football Field BLUE!

We recently partnered with Oregon State University to supply them with WHITE and BLUE field paint to paint their feild the color of Boise University. This will help the players prepare for the Oregon vs Boise game September 25th, this Saturday. The results are truly amazing! The product is the same as our GREEN, just as enviro friendly. Check out the photo's of Oregon State turning their GREEN grass Boise BLUE!
Grass Patch

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Don't Over-Seed, Grass Paint It!

Over-seeding with winter rye grass is the traditional procedure for those who want to maintain a green lawn during the winter months. Over-seeding is very time consuming, expensive, and requires the use of large amounts of water. First, you have to go out and buy the seed, fertilizer, and equipment to spread it. You may even decide to have a landscaper do it for you which is another added cost. Once the seed and fertilizer is spread, it requires regular attention, and lots of watering. Now all you can do is wait, and hope that all your time and money that you invested wasn't wasted. Even if the birds don't eat all your seed, or a big rainstorm doesn't wash it all away, there is no guarantee that it will grow consistently. Most of the time, you end up with patches of longer, greener grass along with the brown dormant grass. Other benefits include: No seed or fertilizer to buy, no more long weekends spent on your lawn, no more crossing your fingers and hoping your efforts pay off, no more daily watering and expensive water bills, have a lush green lawn in hours, not weeks or months, little or no mowing during the winter, lasts up to 4 months, won't wash off, protects lawns against harsh winter temperatures, substantial reduction in water usage, non-toxic and environmentally safe, guaranteed, natural looking, "instant green" results, no spring transition period or preparation, prepares lawn for faster "green up" in spring, no more code violations or HOA fines, less time and money spent on lawn maintenance, contains a small amount of ammonia which benefits grass and works on all varieties of grass. For more info, please visit (

Mike Dohrmann
Grass Patch

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What causes brown spots in the GRASS?

(Dog Urine)
These circular, brown spots in the lawn typically appear after a spell of dry, hot weather. Damage from dog urine can also appear as light yellow to dark green spots in the grass. The light yellow and brown patches are the equivalent to fertilizer burn. As the salts are leached out, the grass will grow back, typically with a vengeance.

(Fertilizer Burn)
Fertilizer burn typically will appear within a week of an over application or spill of your fertilizer. Fertilizer is made up of a variety of salts which, when applied too heavily, dehydrates and kills the lawn. Recovery is quick when the brown patch becomes accented by a band of very vigorous, dark green grass that surrounds the damaged area.

(Grub Damage)
This is one of the most common lawn problems we see. Grubs are the larvae of beetles. Many types of grubs feed on the roots or crowns of your lawn causing the grass to brown out and die. Grub damage can be confirmed when areas of sod can be lifted easily and roots are not present. Grub presence is also signified by skunk or raccoon diggings in the lawn. These are small holes that have been dug in pursuit of the grubs.

(Chinch Bugs)
Chinch bug invasion usually begins along the edges of the lawn. As they suck juices from the grass they inject a poison which acts much like a weed killer. The grass wilts, turns yellow, then dries out and dies. Chinch bugs are sun and heat loving, seldom will you find them in a shady lawn. Both the immature nymphs and the adults cause damage. To test for chinch bug presence, remove both ends of a tin can, push it 2-3 inches into the ground. Keep the can filled with water for 10 minutes. Very small, black to brown insects with white wings will float to the surface if they are present.

(Brown Patch)
This is a fungus that flourishes during periods when the temperature is between 75 and 85 degrees and when the humidity levels are high. Brown patch is typically identified by a dark purplish ring that appears around the outer margin of the infected area. Typically, only the blades are affected and recovery is quick as the crowns soon push out new growth. You can reduce your chances of infection by reducing the quantity of fertilizer used during high risk times. This will reduce the amount of soft, tender growth which is most susceptible.

(Dollar Spot)
Dollar spot is most prevalent during warm and wet weather. The light brown to straw colored circular spots range in size from 1-6 inches in diameter. The infected blades have small, light brown spots with reddish brown borders, that extend across the entire leaf. Infections occur most in lawns under stress. Seldomly is the damage permanent. Recovery typically takes a few weeks.

(Fusarium Blight)
This fungus attacks during the summer when temperatures are over 75 degrees. The hottest areas in the lawn typically show signs first. The grass in affected areas turns light green first then straw brown. Often the fungus forms a ring leaving a patch of green in the center. If left uncontrolled, the damage can reoccur year after year. Remove excess thatch, don't over fertilize, and keep the lawn healthy to prevent infection.

(Sod Web Worm)
This little pest causes irregular patches of dead grass by chewing the blades of grass off at ground level. These little caterpillars hatch from eggs in may through September and attack the hottest parts of the yard first. In damaged areas look for white, silken tubes at the soil level. You will find the caterpillars feeding on your grass at night or on overcast days. To anticipate potential problems, watch for small white or grayish moths flying over your lawn in a zig zag pattern.

Lack of rainfall or irrigation can cause grassy lawns to go into a dormant state. South facing lawns and slopes may begin to turn brown before other parts of the lawn from exposure. These lawns can survive drought periods for a few weeks with intermittent rainfall. Note: drought-stressed lawns are more susceptible to mechanical and heat damage. To properly water a lawn, apply the equivalent of 1" of rainfall per week and water in the early morning so the turf has a chance to dry off by night fall. Avoid frequent shallow watering.

(Insects and Disease)
The common lawn insects and disease can cause various patterns of discoloration and browning. Become aware of the signs to look for and the time of year that they are active in order to diagnose them accurately. Correct diagnosis is essential for treatment which may include the use of fungicides and/or insecticides as well as cultural methods of control.

(Over Watering)
Water conservation isn't the only reason to limit the amount of water you give your lawn. Overwatering is also bad for your lawn's health and can contribute to the development of fungus and disease, turning your lawn brown. Many people, however, don't know that they're overwatering. Some types of grass require more water than others, and environmental factors, such as temperature, humidity, and wind, can dramatically affect how frequently you need to water your lawn. Fortunately, the most accurate way to determine whether your lawn needs water is: When grass needs water, it will begin to take on a blue-gray tint, and the older leaf blades on the plant will begin to curl up or wilt. In addition, footprints will remain on the grass for longer than usual, as the grass won't jump back. For more information visit us at

Mike Dohrmann

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Turn Brown Plants Green Instantly!

Natural Green Grass Patch is the fast, economical way to instantly restore the natural green color to most damaged plants and lawns. The permanent pigment will not wash or wear off plants after it has been applied in dry conditions. The color will last for 12 - 16 weeks or until the color fades away. Shade of the color is controlled by the amount of Grass Patch applied (Concentrate). For a lighter shade you would hold the sprayer back further or just simply add more water. For a darker, just use more concentrate to water. Give your plants back its healthy green look. The Grass Patch is the professional’s way to preserve the natural appearance of brown distressed plants. It is an environmentally friendly, permanent green pigment. The liquid formula is easily applied with most types of sprayers. When spraying plants, make sure to protect the underneath, so overspray does not get on the landscape (Rocks, Pavers, retaining walls, etc.).


Mike Dohrmann

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lawn Watering Restrictions Across The United States

Water restrictions are now a reality across the United States. Some of the states that are affective by the restrictions are Florida, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, North Caroline and Tennessee. In some states there are giving penalties ranging from $200 to $500 for using too much water or for using water outside the state requirements. However, just because there are water restrictions, it does not mean you can’t have a beautiful yard. There are a number of things you can do to maintain a perfect green lawn, without being guilty of breaking your states water restrictions.

Things you can do to have a green lawn without wasting to much water and staying in compliance with your towns lawn water restrictions.
1) Aerate your soil to allow for circulation of air and moisture.
2) Let the grass grow longer as it decreases the amount of moisture lost from soil.
3) Minimize activity like walking, playing games, etc... on the grass.
4) Least expensive way to a green lawn and save water and money is to use the GRASS PATCH LAWN PAINT/GRASS COLORANT.

During times of drought, lawn water restrictions most commonly result in your grass turning yellow or brown. Thanks to the Grass Patch, you can now have a perfect green lawn all year long, while preserving natural recourses. or


Mike Dohrmann
Grass Patch

Friday, April 30, 2010

News For Golf Courses and Sport Fields

Winter Injury
Harsh winter conditions like snow and ice often damage turf. Extreme temperatures like dry weather and freezing temperatures can cause a delay in the spring transition to green turf. Many golf course superintendants and sports turf managers use synthetic covers, anti-desiccant sprays, and heavy sand topdressing to offset winter injury and speed spring green-up.

The Solution
Using permanent turf paints such as the Grass Patch can decrease winter injury and promote rapid spring green-up in turf. Independent research shows that turf treated with permanent turf paints absorb more solar radiation in the winter and spring, allowing the moister to stay near the roots. This elevates soil and surface temperatures, creating a more desirable microclimate. The Grass Patch adds a healthy, natural look to warm and cool season turf all year long.

Mike Dohrmann

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Water Waste

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), 26 billion gallons of water are used every day in the US. About 30 percent of this—7.8 billion gallons—is for outdoor use, mostly for landscaping (Watering lawns and drip lines). If we use grass painting as a alternative to overseeding and watering our lawns every day, we could save 50% of water in most homes.
Mike Dohrmann
Grass Patch

Friday, April 23, 2010

Grass Patch Restores Green Color to Dormant, Discolored Grass

Natural Green Grass Patch is the fast, economical way to instantly restore the natural green color to damaged turf while it recovers.

The permanent pigment will not wash or wear off turf after it has been applied in dry conditions. The color will last for 12 - 16 weeks or until mowing removes the colored grass.

Shade color is controlled by the amount of Grass Patch applied (Concentrate). (RTU) is controlled by how close you are spraying to the brown grass. For a lighter shade you would hold the sprayer back further or just simply add more water.

Give your grass back its healthy green look. Turf Colorant is the professional’s way to preserve the natural appearance of dormant, damaged or discolored turf. It is an environmentally friendly, permanent green pigment. The liquid formula is easily applied with most types of sprayers. Pigment can also be used to color divot mix for a natural green appearance.


Mike Dohrmann

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Water Shortages are now a reality!

Did you know that more than half of the residential water used in a typical households goes to outdoor landscape watering? Grass painting is a great way for an individual to save water and reduce your monthly water bill by 50%.

Potential savings: 50 to 80 percent; that means if you're an average lawn-watering family of four, and 50 percent of your water gets used outside to begin with, you could cut your water consumption by 150 gallons a day. Save Hundreds!

Be careful! Water the landscape only, not streets, walks and driveways. (We already have plenty of concrete and don't want to grow any more).


Mike Dohrmann

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Why Does Dog Urine Cause Brown Spots In The Lawn? #2

To add to a previous post, here is a little more information regarding lawn burn.

Lawn burn/Grass burn is caused by the nitrogen in the dog’s urine. Because dog urine is very high in nitrogen, when the dog urinates, it is similar to pouring lots of liquid fertilizer on the lawn. A little fertilizer is good for the grass, but to much causes nitrogen burn. The prevention of lawn burn deals with trying to reduce the amount of nitrogen coming into contact with the grass. Using our grass colorant, helps stop the dog from urinating in the same spot, taking away the sent that draws them back again.

There are several factors that can cause lawn burn:

1) Large dogs deposit more urine so they increase the quantity of nitrogen in one location, making lawn burn more a reality.
2) Heavily fertilized yards are already receiving near maximum levels of nitrogen. The small amount of nitrogen in dog urine may be all that is needed to put these lawns over the edge and cause lawn burn.
3) Lawns that are stressed are more susceptible to damage. Lawns that are suffering from drought, disease, insect infestation or newly sodded are more susceptible to lawn burn.
4) Female dogs are more likely to cause lawn burn than males because they void their entire bladder in one location instead of lifting their leg and marking, like males.


Mike Dohrmann

Friday, April 9, 2010

Earth Day Expo....

We will be at an all green expo Saturday, April 24th from 1-3pm. It is located in Queen Creek, Arizona in the Johnson Ranch community in the Lakeview Recreation area. We will be giving advice, educating on the subject of going green using the Grass Patch and selling our product. There will be numerous other vendors there talking about alternative ways to go green, including Mountain View Recycling.

Help Save The Environment!


Mike Dohrmann

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

What Is Grass Colorant/Grass Painting

Technically the product that is sprayed onto the grass is a non-toxic green colorant or pigment based dye that simply changes the color of the lawn back to green. Grass colorant/grass paint is purchased as a ready-to-use or a concentrate. If using concentrate you can vary the shade of green by changing the ratio of colorant to water, in the grass painting mixing process. Grass colorant/grass painting is not new, it just has been confined to certain areas, such as golf courses and sports fields. Now we are taking a concept that existed, improved it and brought it to the market place. Never before has grass paint been available at such an accessible level as now. Professional sports teams and golf courses have been using grass colorant/grass paint for decades, but only recently grass painting been used on residential yards and lawns of commercial properties. Grass colorant/grass painting has many advantages. Green grass colorant/paint is a great way to quickly improve curb appeal of a property, by giving the property a lush green lawn, compared to a brown lawn. It is also great for covering up brown spots caused from dog urine. Grass colorant is harmless to the lawn, pets and people and dries usually within 1-3 hours. Grass colorant/grass paint will last 12-16 weeks or until mowed away.


Mike Dohrmann

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spraying The Grass Green

Painting has taken on a whole new dimension: spray painting. But this is not just any old spray painting; this is spray painting lawns! That's right — spray painting lawns. This new practice is largely due to two factors, the first being water restrictions and the second being the high number of foreclosed home throughout the US. These foreclosed homes are often left uncared for, including the lawns. As a result, real estate agents have painted the lawns of their listed foreclosed homes to improve their looks.

In the case of one city in California, the entire town is getting a spray! The California city that has taken this green spray paint initiative is Perris, California, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The city has hired a contractor to spray paint all the lawns with environmentally friendly dye that lasts up to to six months and doesn't harm people or pets. The city of Perris, California has set aside $2 million dollars to stabilize its high foreclosure rate neighborhoods. More info at


Mike Dohrmann

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Why Does Dog Urine Burn The Grass?

Dog urine has very high nitrogen content, and tends to have a high ph level as well. The concentration of nitrogen in one spot is too high, and as a result, the grass dies, while an outer ring seems to expand.

These circular, brown spots in the lawn typically appear after a spell of dry, hot weather. Damage from dog urine can also appear as light yellow to dark green spots in the grass. The light yellow and brown patches are the equivalent to fertilizer burn. As the salts are leached out, the grass will grow back, typically with a vengeance.

Controls: To prevent this from happening, leach the urine from the lawn immediately after occurrence by soaking the area with water. Unfortunately, this type of damage often occurs in lawns of non-dog-owning people. Repellents have been designed to discourage a variety of animals from just this action, dogs included. Another way to prevent your dog from urinating on the same spot continuing to keep the same spot brown, eventually killing that spot, is to use the Grass Patch. The Grass Patch, will instantly cover that brown area with a nice green colorant and will usually take away the smell of the dog urine, that normally is what attracts the dog to continue to pee on that same spot.
Mike Dohrmann

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sprayers to Spray the Grass

A very common question we get often is, what equipment should I use when spraying the grass? It really depends on the size of the lawn you are spraying and if it’s for individual use or for grass painting contractors.

Most common sprayers to use just about anywhere are:

· Handheld Pump Sprayer (Garden Sprayer)
· Standard 32oz Spray bottle
· Backpack Sprayer
· Handheld Compression Sprayer
· Airless Paint Sprayer

You can find these sprayers; just about at any hardware store (Lowes, Home Depot, ACE, and True Value) and most nurseries now sell them.

For larger sprayers, normally you will need to find a specialty store and in some cases you will need to get them custom made. Some larger sprayers are:

· Spot Sprayer (These come in all sort of sizes, ranging from 25 gallons and up)
· Trailer Sprayers or Dolly Sprayers
· Skid Sprayers
· Electric Sprayers
· Gas Sprayers
· ATV Sprayers
Mike Dohrmann

Friday, April 2, 2010

Save Water and Go Green!

Did you know that up to 75% of all water used in a home goes to watering the lawn? This can amount to over 100,000 gallons of water per year just by watering the grass. But with our green grass colorant, you can cut you water bill up to 50% a month. The Grass Patch (grass colorant) is one of the most effective water conservation products available today, savings millions of gallons of water. The Grass Patch is long-lasting, and significantly reduce your carbon footprint as well. Using The Grass Patch reduces carbon emissions from lawn mowers (less watering, means less mowing). The Grass Patch can save home owners hundreds of dollars a year in water bills. It also saves money from maintenance costs (Less landscaping work and less wear and tear of your equipment). Your grass will stay beautifully green year-round with the use of the Grass Patch! Stop wasting water on your lawn! The Grass Patch is beautiful, safe, and it’s environmentally friendly! Save your money, save your time, save the planet, Go Green! Stay Green! Join the millions of Americans going green and spray your lawn today.

Mike Dohrmann

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Why Our Lawn Colorant Is Perfect For Golf Courses!

Golf courses are going away from over seeding tees, fairways, collars, approaches, and greens because of the challenges and risk involved in growing two types of turf grasses in one location. The difficulty of over seeding varies ever year depending on weather patterns and timing of application which effects consistency and is very difficult for the superintendents to explain and manage. We developed Grass Patch a green colorant as a healthy alternative. Our green colorant is inexpensive when compared to over seeding. Our green colorant will last up to four months in the winter, which means no watering in the winter months. When you add up the cost to mow, fertilize, water, and apply fungicides to the winter overseed the cost savings are significant. The most important reason to use our green colorant is healthier Bermuda grass in the spring with no transition and better playing conditions throughout the winter months. Our green colorant comes in a ready-to-use or a concentrate, perfect for any golf course!
Mike Dohrmann

Monday, March 29, 2010

Brown Grass To Green Grass Instantly!

The Grass Patch is designed to enrich the look of your dormant or off colored grass year round. Natural Green Grass Patch is easy to apply, just use the ready to use 32oz spray bottle or any other of our ready-to-use product and pour into either a hand held sprayer or backpack spray and start spraying. Concentrates are also available, to mix into any handheld, backpack or compression sprayer. Bermuda grass, being the most typical natural grass around the country, is what the Grass Patch is intended to match. For other types of grass, either lighter or darker colored, you can control the color by the dilution rate, and number of coats applied. The Grass Patch is the leading distributor of non-toxic, lawn colorant to turn discolored grass into lush, green lawns. With our Green Grass colorant, you can save money, and save water while preserving natural resources. Whether you are facing water restrictions, lack of rain or have brown spots due to pet urine that is staining the grass, The Grass Patch green coloring system is a simple solution to beautifying your lawn.

Mike Dohrmann