Battling brown lawns during the dry spell

This summer is turning to the battle of the brown.

As temperatures continue to heat up, keeping lawns and gardens hydrated is turning into a fulltime job.

But it isn’t time to surrender to Mother Nature just yet.

“The good thing is that a lot of that brown grass is going to come back,” said John Foegley, president of Foegley Landscape, Inc. “It goes dormant and as soon as the rains comes back, it will come back.”

Until that much-needed rain hits, landscaping crews say it’s up to residents to keep your lawn hydrated. And with the continually dry weather, it will take some effort.

“Grass can survive a while with just a half inch of rain every two to four weeks,” said Brian Hominiuk, vice president of Foegley Landscape, Inc. “Now if you want it green, you’re looking at probably an inch, inch and a half to keep it green.”

Most plants don’t need quite as much water, but still require some extra attention during the dry spell.

“If you're in a time like we are now, you need to go out with a garden hose and hand water a lot of your plant material,” said Brad Kutemeier, project coordinator at Foegley Landscape, Inc.

While the folks at Foegley have been busy installing irrigation systems, the folks at Erskine Golf Course are trying to keep up with watering on the course.

“I know we’re watering greens every morning and we’re doing sprinklers and tees overnight and into the early mornings too,” said head golf pro Dave Firestone.

Crews focus mainly on the fairways and greens. And they’re learning dry patches in some areas aren’t always a bad thing.

“Where we can't get water to the areas, it's actually harder and that means the ball's going to go a lot further so for the guys that want to hit it farther, they love it,” Firestone said.

Business is actually up at the golf course because of the dry weather.

Foegley Landscape, Inc. has to stop planting when temperatures heat up, but has made up for it with the number of irrigation calls they’ve been on.


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