updated 3/18/2009 7:12:50 PM ET 2009-03-18T23:12:50

A town is going green to combat foreclosure blight: A contractor has been hired to spray-paint lawn bald spots.

Perris spokesman Joe Vargo said contractor Dave Milligan uses an environmentally friendly dye that lasts up to six months and is harmless to people and pets. The city hopes the foreclosed properties are purchased and occupied before the lawn needs a touchup.

It costs about $550 to spray-paint a lawn. The city, some 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles, has set aside $2 million in an effort to stabilize foreclosure-fraught neighborhoods.

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