Watering tips for lawn and plants during rising heat

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Temperatures are soaring again and the heat is probably taking a toll on lawn and plants.

Keeping it green can cost you the green in your wallet.

Kansas State University Horticulturist Gregg Eyestone says your lawn needs about an inch of water a week and you can tell if it’s too dry if the grass is turning a blue-grey color or by walking across the lawn.

If the grass around your footprints stays down, then your lawn needs some hydrating.

If you want to save money on watering, then keep your grass tall, this will provide more shade and decrease the amount of water lost through evaporation.

Eyestone says it doesn’t matter what type of sprinklers you choose as long as it’s getting water where it needs to go.

“The plant needs water taken up through the roots so it doesn’t really matter if you’ve got an automatic system or if you use a sprinkler that you drag a hose around to,” says Eyestone. “It’s all the same for the plant.  You need to get that water down into the root zone.”

Eyestone says areas that have received rain lately might still need watering, because plant roots are shorter in the summer.


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