Lawn paint, colorant, dye or pigment? Varieties explained

Lawn paint, colorant, dye or pigment?

What’s the difference?

When looking to turn your brown lawn to green grass, you have many options. Mostly you want a natural green lawn at a great price that is environmentally friendly and easy to maintain. Endurant turf colorant is lawn paint that provides natural, lasting, even green color for a vibrant lawn quickly and safely.

The visual, aesthetic appeal of green grass does not require harmful chemicals or excessive water and fertilizer usage. Endurant turf colorants provides the optimal look without the economic and environmental expense.

But what is Endurant turf colorant?

Not all green grass paints, colorants, dyes or pigments are created equally.

Variations in quality on the market today are what have made Endurant turf colorants and lawn paints standout as the choice among professionals and experts in the field of turfgrass management and growth. Turf professionals, event managers, golf course superintendents and athletic field supervisors have been using Endurant for huge televised events and elite golf course properties, among other uses, for many years.

Endurant offers high quality while also being affordable and easy to use for home lawns. Endurant turf colorants and lawn paints cost much less than practices of overseeding, over-watering and over-fertilizing.

Often the words lawn paint, turf colorant, grass dye and turf pigment are used interchangeably but actually the terms have different meanings technically. Endurant green grass paints and lawn colorants are the optimal choice for green grass.

Endurants superiority is best understood by understanding these terms:

Pigment, paint, colorant and dye defined:


A combination of a pigment, a vehicle or base such as water, a binder and a surfactant.


A reactive product that responds to the surface it is used on based on whether each have positive or negative charges. Dye is a water soluble and ionic substance. Dye is generally used in water, turning all of the water the color of the dye and then the object to be colored is submerged into the dye. For practical purposes, a dye in this sense is not used on a surface such as grass, which cannot be submerged into dyed water the way a fabric could be. Application of dye on grass is inconvenient and inconsistent. Spraying a dye would lead to very uneven coloring results.


A general terms used for anything that applies color, including paint, dye, pigments or any other substances that add color to an object.


The dry substance used to create paints and other colorants.

Endurant turf colorant: Lawn paint, dye or pigment. Varieties of turf and grass colorant explained

Endurant is a colorant. More specifically, Endurant is a paint.

We often think of paint for walls or canvas, but Endurant grass paint is made specifically to adhere evenly on grass. Endurant is a water-based paint that contains pigment.

Here’s why Endurant turf colorant and Endurant green grass paint is exactly what you want for turning brown, dormant, dead or patchy uneven colored grass to natural, evenly colored green grass that is vibrant, natural-looking and lasting:

  • Endurant is made with organic pigments. These pigments are selected for superior quality so that when fading occurs, as occurs with all colorants exposed to weather and elements over time, Endurant fades evenly and on tone. Endurant stays green due to the high quality pigments used. Lower quality pigments often fade to blue. Endurant on the other hand retains its natural green color over time.
  • Unlike a dye, such as food coloring, a lawn treated with Endurant during heat and direct sunlight will not burn or be damaged by the frequent combination of dyes being combined with fertilizers—which also damage ground water and can cause environmental harm overtime.
  • Endurant is a paint, which includes pigment, binders and surfactants so the color stays on the specific type of surface it was created for—grass blades. Endurant’s highly specialized binders are made for excellent adherence to grass surfaces specifically. These binders are made to penetrate the turf grass blade’s unique waxy, oily surfaces. Further the binders are enduring- they are specially formulated to last on turfgrass for weeks or even months depending on the frequency of mowing and rate of grass growth, among other factors.
  • Endurant surfactants are specially designed so Endurant spreads evenly on the grass blades and lawn. This even coverage is essential to Endurant’s superiorly natural look.
  • Dye, such as food coloring, would work by dying the soil and the roots of the plant, but would not adhere to the grass surface. Dyes are often mixed with fertilizer, to help green the grass and over fertilizing contributes to contaminated water and stressing grass during heat. Most of all, dyes do not look natural on grass because they cannot produce consistent, reliable results.
  • Lawn dye, when the word dye is used technically in the way described above, does not create a natural green grass color and can produce quite inconsistent results.
  • The high quality nature of Endurant’s binders, surfactants and pigments make Endurant colorants the number one choice for turf professionals, sod growers and especially home lawns. Endurant provides instant curb appeal and a gorgeous look at a fraction of the environmental and economic costs of over-watering and over-fertilizing.
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How to launch a lawn painting business

Launch you own lawn painting business

Timing is perfect to launch a lawn painting business to assist property owners during times of drought, water shortages, water restrictions, environmental concerns and property values damaged by declining curb appeal. Turn brown, dry, dormant lawns in to gorgeous green grass easily, economically and with environmental responsibility using Endurant.

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Applying Endurant Lawn and Turf Paint to Zoysia grass

Applying Endurant Turf Paint to #Zoysia in common areas in south Florida

Benefits of Endurant turf paint include:

  • Natural Color
  • Easy to Use
  • Affordable
  • Concentrated

Zoysia grass is a popular warm season perennial turf grass variety in coastal areas. Whether zoysia grass is yellowing or experiencing dormancy, Endurant turf colorant provides optimal results on zoysia.

Zoysia grass is a densely growing grass variety that may be slow to green-up in the spring. Zoysia responds to drought by turning brown and going dormant quite quickly. During an absence of rain or irrigation, zoysia grass stays dormant for extended periods of time. Once irrigation or rainfall resumes, zoysia grass will regain its green color. In the mean time, Endurant turf paint is often used to keep the green color of the zoysia grass in the most economical and environmentally friendly way. Endurant turf paint offers the optimal agronomic results on zoysia grass.

Painting dormant warm season grasses such as Zoysia, Bermuda, St. Augustine and Centipede is increasingly popular as a maintenance strategy to keep green grass color of lawns, sports fields and golf courses throughout the year. Painting with Endurant turf colorant is replacing the old maintenance strategy of overseeding. Overseeding is unnecessarily expensive, leads to transition challenges, creates agronomic problems and is less environmentally sustainable when compared with using Endurant turf paint. Furthermore, Endurant turf colorant provides year round aesthetic appeal unmatched by other paint varieties that often fade into unnatural color. Endurant is long lasting and fades on tone– so the grass stays green.

Endurant turf paint is environmentally friendly and eliminates the costly need to overseed lawns and turf grass with cool season grasses such as rye grass.

Benefits to painting Zoysia and other warm season grasses with Endurant include eliminating competition for nutrients and sunlight between the overseeded grass variety and the warm season grass. This competition leads to transition related problems that can be avoided by choosing to paint with Endurant turf colorant versus overseeding.

Fewer maintenance practices, such as mowing, in addition to reducing the usage of harsh chemicals, fertilizers and herbicides are additional benefits of choosing Endurant turf colorant instead of overseeding.

Zoysia grass is a particularly dense warm season grass variety. Endurant’s high concentrations of organic pigments combined with binders made especially for excellent adherence to turfgrass makes Endurant an excellent colorant choice for homeowners, golf course superintendents and lawn maintenance professionals who are seeking optimal aesthetic, agronomic, economic and environmentally sustainable practices.



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Applying Endurant Turf Paint to Celebration Bermuda practice tee

Applying grass paint to Bermuda tees

Bermuda grass and especially the dark green variety of Celebration Bermuda grass is quite popular. Painting Celebration Bermuda grass with Endurant has long been a popular maintenance strategy among turf grass professionals and golf course superintendents. Painting golf course practice tees with Endurant provides excellent color contrast and playability for a look of instant overseed at less cost economically and environmentally.

Why paint Celebration Bermuda grass with Endurant turf colorant?

  • Endurant turf colorants come in super-concentrated varieties of organic pigments combined with binders made specifically for excellent adherence to turfgrass.
  • The super concentration of dark green color available in the line of Endurant colorants makes Endurant an optimal choice for use on the deep, dark green color that makes Celebration Bermuda grass so popular.
  • Easy to use– all you need is water, Endurant and a sprayer
  • Economical– Endurant is known as liquid overseed at a fraction of the cost of traditional overseed
  • Environmentally sustainable compared with overseeding– which also leads to over-watering and over-fertilizing
  • Long lasting and provides year round green grass even in drought or dormancy
  • Natural green color that fades on tone– meaning the grass stays green and does not fade to an unnatural color

Celebration Bermuda grass is a popular grass for sports fields, golf courses and other places where there is heavy traffic because of its wear tolerance.

Endurant turf colorants provide an excellent replacement to winter ryegrass overseeding of Celebration Bermuda grass and other bermuda grass varieties.

The environmental benefits of using Endurant turf colorant has increased Endurant’s popularity among professionals and homeowners.  Using Endurant leads to green fairways, lush looking lawns and beautified common areas using less water, fewer pesticides, less fertilizer and fewer herbicides versus overseeding.

Golf course superintendents were among the first turf managers to witness the beneftis of using Endurant turf colorants instead of overseeding with ryegrass each winter. As golf courses superintendents found increasing success and Endurant became the turfgrass professional’s top choice, painting home lawns with Endurant is now gaining popularity as well.

This popularity has led to conserving natural resources, spending less money, enhanching the quality of celebration bermudagrass and meeting aesthetic expecations of golf club members, home owners’ associations, athletes and prospective home buyers.

Benefits to painting Celebration Bermuda grass and other warm season grass varieties versus overseeding include fewer mowings while non-overseeded grass is not growing during dormancy; less fuel and labor hours; less wear on equipment, less water; less fertilizer; fall color retention; earlier spring time greenup; fewer disturbances and delays of game.

As celebration Bermuda grass is popular for its deep, dark green color the super-concentrated colorant options provided by Endurant’s super-concentration of organic pigments combined with binders made specifically for excellent adherence to turfgrass make Endurant grass paints an optimal choice for use on Celebration Bermuda.

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What is the best lawn paint for me?

Lawn Paint Color
Choosing a Lawn Paint Color

One of the most frequently asked questioned we receive about the Endurant turf colorants is “What color paint is best for my grass?” Although it may seem like there should be a simple answer to that question, it is actually a little more complex in the response. Read More

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Grass paint gets great reviews from local golf course.

Endurant grass paint being applied on a golf tee
Endurant grass paint being applied on a golf tee

“Looks like overseed!” Georgia Golf Course Paints Fairways, Greens and Tees with Endurant liquid overseed. Members and Staff discuss the RESULTS of the NEW PAINTED GREEN GRASS for playability, visual appeal and overall characteristics when compared to traditional overseeding practices.

What golfers, superintendents and golf instructors are saying about using Endurant grass paint for painting dormant greens

Golfer and club member, Sam:

“The green paint contrasting with the dormant Bermuda grass is amazing. It looks like real live grass. It’s like summertime out here. It’s like playing in Scotland without paying $5,000 to get to Scotland.”  

“From a golfer’s perspective, to have contrast, to have a focal point for your drive, it’s really helpful because otherwise, without that, you might go left or right or whatever. But the fact that you can line up from the tee to the fairway given the contrast between the brown dormant Bermuda grass and the green Endurant, just makes for a great visualization and experience.” 

Golf Course Superintendent, Nathan:

“The first thing I see when I step out on the property now are these green fairways instead of the brown Bermuda grass. The color is very natural. That is one of the areas of skepticism I had, is how is it going to look? Right off the bat, I could tell this was the result we were looking for.”

“When golfers pull up and step out of their cars they are amazed at the sight of the fairways being green. They stepped out of their cars and were just in awe at the transformation of this place.” 

Golf professional and instructor, Jeff:

“Compared with overseeding for so many years, for 23 years, painting turf relieves the challenges seen when overseeding and transitioning from the spring to the summer. The transition time with overseed takes time and getting the mowers out there and using them during the winter, our labor costs were relatively high with overseed.”

“We decided not to go with overseeding at all and it was kind of plain looking out there with the dormant grass. With this Endurant product, you’re able to see the landing areas where you want to go.”

“It actually looks like overseed– a little better than overseed because it’s not spotty in places as you often see with overseed.”

“The course is playing a little faster. You’re not seeing the ball stick as much as in an overseeded fairway. You’re seeing more roll out. You’re seeing bigger drives. People are enjoying the game a little better. They have targets, specific targets they can hit to. They’re not questioning whether they’re in the rough or in the fairway. They know they’re in the rough. They know they’re in the fairway because the Endurant turf paint defines it.” 

“I think this is going to be a bigger trend. I think you’re going to see the cost of overseeding and the maintenance is going to be eliminated by using this Endurant product.” 

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Painting Dormant Bermuda Greens with Endurant Turf Paint

Painting dormant grass
Painting dormant grass

See Endurant Turf Paint being applied on Ultradwarf Bermuda Green using a hand gun and Endurant Turf Paint in the video below.

Painting vs overseeding has become the best choice agronomically, economically and environmentally for turf professionals.  There are two main decisions to make when painting dormant Bermuda grass greens:

  1. Choosing the best paint
  2. Selecting the most suitable pumps and sprayers

Choosing the best paint: Endurant liquid overseed

Turf professionals share why Endurant is the best choice. Endurant is the favorite among turf care professionals and golf course superintendents because of Endurant’s natural color, lasting richness, contribution to earlier spring time green up by increasing temperature, ease of use, lack of clogging in pumps and sprayers, ease in blending, earth-friendly aspects, economics, agronomic benefits and aesthetic appeal.

What Golf course superintendents say about using Endurant turf paint on dormant Bermuda grass:

  • “The color is blending well and still looks rich after two months. The Endurant paint looks like a really nice, rich, overseeded green even two months after it’s been painted. The Endurant holds up even as the grass is completely dormant. The color, the darkness and retention is all the paint because of the extreme cold weather we’ve had.” 
  • “We really like Endurant because it retains color and helps the grass green up faster in the spring. We choose agronomy over aesthetics. With Endurant we get both as it looks natural.” 
  • “I really like the Endurant paint. It mixes well, doesn’t clog up and is really nice on our pumps, which we can’t say about a lot of the other paints we’ve tried.”


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How to Paint a Lawn Green

Paint for Lawn
Lawn Painting

So you have made the decision to paint your lawn?  Well first and foremost, know that you have made a decision that will reduce water, fertilizer and chemical usage.  You Rock!

Now you have come to the part of “How do I paint my grass green?” We are going to help you with this short information guide on what you need.
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