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Heat Takes Toll on Plants

Posted July 14, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— It's a homeowner's dream -- a thick, plush green lawn. Yet, in this kind of heat, no matter how much you mow, water, and weed-eat, it never seems to be enough.

Fayetteville landscaper Cindy Funk has been designing and maintaing prize-winning lawns for the last nine years. One of the things she notices is that most people do it all wrong.

Most grass is best left one-and-a-half to two inches long when you mow it. Most grass needs at least an inch of water a week, and the grass will do even better if you water it in the morning.

Grass is not the only concern. Flowering shrubs and bushes also need special attention on long, hot days.

If you water them too much, you may notice a whitish substance forming on the shrub's leaves. It's called powdery mildew, and once you see the crusty powder on the leaves, it is already too late to save the plant.

The only way to cure a plant of the powdery problem is to cut below the mildew, and let it grow back.

The bottom line, says Funk, is that you cannot have a beautiful lawn by stitting around and watching it die.

Do what you can to enjoy your lawn now -- the first day of fall is almost two months away.