Stockton paints foreclosed home lawns

September 30, 2008 8:42:43 AM PDT
Foreclosures have caused a lot of heartbreak in Stockton, but one man is making sure neighborhoods stay green. Real estate agents and the city of Stockton are now hiring Nick Terlouw to spray paint brown lawns, green.

Stockton has the highest number of foreclosures in California -- one in every 50-households, according to RealtyTrac.

One city official says spray-painting a lawn green makes a big difference.

"Turns the grass green, and lasts for three months, and looks decent again. I'm very pleased with the quality of it," said Ron Girard, city of Stockton.

"It's a win-win for everybody, for banks, city, realtor, even neighborhoods. It keeps them looking nice," said Nick Terlouw, Greener Grass Company.

It generally costs about $200-dollars to paint each lawn. He uses a water-based dye --the same kind used to paint logos on football fields.