Lack of rain causes dry grass - – Rockford’s News Leader

Lack of rain causes dry grass


You know that line, the grass is always greener on the other side? Well, for many yards in the area, this isn't necessarily the case. Brown is a dominant color in most neighborhoods, making people wonder, is the green gone for good?

"You can't water every section of your yard, so the amount of water it would take right now to actually try and get it green," Pam King, a Winnebago resident say. "It would cost so much money."

Tyler Smith understands this. He owns Tyler's Landscaping Service and says it's a common concern for his clients and his business.

"When the temperatures reach over 100 degrees, turf grass, the blue grass, in our area just isn't adapted to that heat," says Smith. "And it's gone dormant, even when there's an adequate irrigation system."

Not just the grass, but mature plants like shrubs and trees are drying up too. He blames a lot of it on the lack of moisture this past winter.

"I would just recommend watering it real heavy, 1 to 2 inches, once a month just to keep it brown," Smith says. "But it will keep the crown and the roots alive. You won't see it pop back and get green, but it will keep the root systems alive. Then once the temperatures drop and we get some prolonged cooler temperatures and rain, it will green up."


One more tip from Smith. Run a hose on a low stream for 15 or 20 minutes on your trees and shrubs. This will help give them moisture.

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