You may have noticed your West Texas neighbors’ lawns turning blue lately. Bluegrass in a lawn is normal, but blue grass is not. So what’s with that blue dye anyway? Since this is a frequently asked question we get from our customers at Ashton Walden Turf Services, we thought we’d fill you in on what exactly that dye is and why we use it.
Blue Tracer Dye Helps Us Do Our Jobs More Accurately
The only purpose of blue dye is to help us see where we have sprayed your lawn to make sure we’ve covered the lawn completely and not missed any spots. We mix the dye with our fertilizer or herbicide to give us a visual indication of our coverage. That’s it. It serves no other purpose (than arousing curiosity). It does have the added benefit of letting our customers see that, without a doubt, their lawn care application has been completed.
Does a Darker Blue Color Mean Indicate More Fertilizer or Herbicide?
Absolutely not. The way any West Texas lawn care company mixes the dye with its products is strictly up to them. Some make the blue dye darker, others lighter. As long as it’s easy to see which parts of the lawn have been sprayed, the dye has served its purpose. A darker blue color only indicates that the lawn company used a higher dye-to-product ratio, not more product. At Ashton Walden, we use only enough dye to make the application visible so the blue color doesn’t stay around as long.
Will the Blue Dye Harm my Lawn?
The blue dye will not harm your lawn. It is non-toxic and the sun breaks it down in one to two weeks. We do suggest you stay off of a freshly sprayed lawn to avoid staining any shoes or skin. It’s always a good idea to let your lawn dry for a few hours after a fertilizer or herbicide application so those chemicals won’t be on your clothes or skin. We suggest keeping pets off the lawn until it is dry too.
Blue Dye Indicates the Start of Weed Control Season
If you haven’t had your lawn treated yet for weed control, now is the time. If it’s not treated by February 28th, we will have to switch post-emerge products and will not be able to control any winter grasses that have germinated. If you need weed control, or have questions about lawn care, give the lawn care professionals at Ashton Walden Turf Services a call at (806) 632-3571. We’ll help you keep your lawn looking green (sometimes blue) and healthy even with our West Texas heat and water restriction challenges.