From China Daily:
Chengdu Grass Suspected of Being Sprayed with Green Paint, Construction Bureau Claims It Is A Greening Agent
“Two workers were spraying the grass, turning the yellow grass into green. Were they painting the grass?” When Chengdu city resident He Tao passed by Chenglong Road on the morning of February 24, he was shocked by what he saw. “Wouldn’t spray painting the grass green pollute the environment?” Later in the afternoon this reporter contacted the Landscaping Department of the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Longquanyi District and learned that what the landscaping workers spraying wasn’t “green paint” but a kind of greening agent, that not only doesn’t pollute the environment but also contains fertilizer for the grass.
“I saw the grass on Chenglong Road being dyed, and I wondered if the dye was hazardous and whether or not it was environmentally friendly.” Recently, netizens in Chengdu saw several sanitation workers spraying green “dye” on the grass by Chenglong Road, so the grass would look greener.
In photos uploaded by netizens, this reporter saw that the sanitation worker was spraying a green mist onto the grass, also turning the manhole and the ground by the grass green.
“What the landscaping workers were spraying was a greening agent.” Staff from the Landscaping Department of the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Longquanyi District said yesterday that this was a colored nutrient fluid that contains trace amounts of fertilizer that can improve the grass’s frost-resistance and appearance. This staff member also said that nutrition deficiency makes the grass turn yellow in winter and [if not treated] the grass can wither by summer. Using the greening agent is a kind of supplement for the grass’s nutrition, and this greening agent poses no danger to plants, people, the soil, or the environment. From its use from 2008 to today, no problems have ever occurred.
Comments from Sina Weibo :
This is probably a kind of chemical, that beautifies and protects the plants at the same time.
Can you also dye the sky blue?
It could very well be a treatment for the damaged grass. Why do people always think of the worst about everything?
This trick has long ago been used on the Chinese football home pitches before.
Wouldn’t it be easier to just use plastic grass?
Who told you it was harmful? This was used before as far back as the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Back then the foreign media were like you, making ignorant criticizing reports about it. Back then we refuted that it was also used at Athens in 2004 and at Sydney 2000.
Media today don’t even verify before they publish news. Has weibo become a tool of spreading rumors?
They’ve been dyeing for years now, and the grass indeed looks much nicer. Don’t just always criticize. In fact, it’s about the same as people dying their hair.
This only happens in China.
It is true that in this country, people from top to bottom can be frauds and cheaters. In such a context, the fact that ordinary people with no background knowledge of gardening all assuming this is “fraud” reflects not their “IQ” but that “government credibility” is too low.
“It wasn’t like this when I was a child, so there must be something sketchy.”