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Dry Weather Can Be Hazardous To Your Lawn's Health

Posted October 23, 2000

— It has been beautiful and sunny for days, but the perfect weather is not so perfect for your lawn. The grass is turning brown and flowers are wilting, but there are some ways to save your yard from drying up.

Gardeners and sprinklers are working overtime, trying to keep things green and wet. Twenty-eight days with just a trace of rain could spell trouble for people trying to keep their lawns looking lush.

Wayne Ivey, horticulturist for WRAL-TV, says if you have already started watering the seed you just put down, keep watering. If you have not started, then let Mother Nature take its course.

"It will not bother it at all," he says. "It could lay there a month or even longer, but once it does get wet, then it's going to require moisture steadily."

Ivey says that if you cannot water a lot, then it is better not to water at all.

"All you would do is have shallow-rooted grass, and next summer, it would suffer greatly," he says.

Forestry agents say everyone needs to pay close attention to dry leaves. October is considered part of the fall fire season.

"That's mainly because leaves have fallen down. People are raking them up, and a lot of people burn them so that's always a threat," says Carl T. Johnson of N.C. Forest Services.

You also need to pay attention to pansies and mums because they do not like the dry heat. It is important to water them daily.

The record for the most consecutive days without measurable rain was set back in 1965 with 32 days of dry weather. There is a possibility that we could break that record.


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