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Lawn maintenance after a lack of rain this June

After a heatwave and lack of rain this June, experts say not to worry if your lawn has turned yellow.

Posted: Jun 22, 2020 6:40 PM

We have to deal with two burdens this June. A lack of rain and a heatwave. It has surely left its mark on people's lawns, as the green turns to yellow.

We spoke to a landscaping expert about how this hot and dry weather can affect your lawn, especially if you have an installed lawn. Mr. David Zhushma, the Owner of David's Landscaping & Construction LLC, said "For anyone that has bought plants, installed lawns, unfortunately you do have to water that and kind of look over it to make sure it doesn't dry out and die."

But it depends how long you've had it. Mr. Zhushma tells us "Something that's been around for a couple years has deeper roots, has a better system. But something that's 2 years or younger definitely has to be looked over and watered on these hot days when we haven't had rain."

If you have a newly installed lawn or shrubs, it's important to know what time of day to water them. Mr. Zhushma says "Best time to water is early in the morning and later in the evening. You don't want to burn anything that's new. So by putting water on it in the middle of the day, that's actually not preferred."

However, there is some reassuring news from experts. A horticultural expert at Cornell Cooperative Extension tells us that if you have a natural lawn, you should be fine. Mrs. Lynette Kay, a 4H program educator, says "Our grasses will rebound. We have cool season grasses. They like it cooler than they like this hot weather. So they may look brown and crispy right now, but as soon as the rain comes back they will be green again." And she says if you need to maintain a green lawn, a sprinkler will suffice.

I hope these tips help you bring your yard back to life, so you can have a beautiful view while also enjoying this beautiful weather.

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