Tips from WRAL Gardens to help keep your lawn healthy when rain is scarce

Posted July 28

— Is your lawn getting a little crunchy in the summer heat?

The hot July weather coupled with low rainfall totals has left lawns and gardens thirsty for a drink.

"We are in a pretty significant (rain) deficit," said WRAL meteorologist Gardner said. "We had 2.1 inches for the month of July, and we're almost 2 inches behind for the month."

Gardner said a rain gauge can help keep lawns healthy when supplementing normal rainfall with a sprinkler.

Tips to keep your lawn at its greenest:

– Use a rain gauge to keep track of how much water your lawn gets

– Make sure your lawn gets 1 inch of water per week, whether it comes from rain or a sprinkler

– Water in the morning before the heat of the day. Otherwise, much of the water is lost to evaporation

– If using a sprinkler, only water once per week. Watering more at one time allows the water to soak down into the soil to promote longer roots, which will help keep the grass from drying out

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  • New Holland Jul 28, 10:31 a.m.
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    i put in Zoysia grass in a few years ago and it takes much less fertilizer and lots less water and looks 1000x better than fescue grass in the neighborhood. And it will spread and chokes out weeds.
    Much better than the 419 Bermuda grass i had