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Jul 27, 2012 6:55 AM by Kate Richards

Dry lawn? Reach for the paint

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Homeowners and businesses tired of brown lawns parched by drought are reaching for paint cans.

Turf painting has long been a common practice in arid climates such as the West and Southwest, but it's historically been reserved for golf courses and sports fields in well-watered areas such as the Midwest and the East Coast.

That's changing as a drought covering two-thirds of the nation has forced many communities to ban outdoor watering and left once-lush vegetation looking more like tumbleweeds.

Painting contractors say the non-toxic turf dye can last several months and adds quick curb appeal.

The instant gratification comes at a price. Terry LoPrimo had her 830-square-foot lawn in Staten Island, N.Y., painted for $125. An Indianapolis muffler shop spent about $600 to spruce up its lot.

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