Lawn Care in Greece, NY [Proper Watering Techniques]

August 04, 2016 05:56 PM

If you are like most, your lawn is likely brown at this point with the lack of rain. Lawn care expert, Mike Callahan, says there is still time to save your lawn if it is browning.

Callahan has been a lawn care expert for more than 20 years and he says that he never has seen a summer this hot and dry. Wednesday, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation issued a drought warning for all of Western New York. No water use restrictions are in place under this drought warning, but the state is asking citizens to conserve water whenever possible. 

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“Seven or eight years ago there was a drought probably about half as bad as this, but nothing even in comparison,” said Callahan.  

Callahan says even some of his grass is not green.

“Grass basically, with the extreme heat and drought that we’re experiencing right now, will actually go dormant, it hasn’t died. They say on average you can last about two months for the lawn to be dormant,” said Callahan.

It has already been about two months of little to no rain in upstate New York. 

“Right now is the time you really need to act if you are going to do it, otherwise you’re running a major risk in the fall. You’re either going to have to over seed or completely reseed your lawn. 

To save your lawn, Callahan says either an impulse sprinkler or an oscilating sprinkler will do. As for as watering, Callahan said, “Twice a week, total of a half of an inch each time total of an inch for the whole week and that’s going to give a heavy soaking so that’s going to promote root growth and get the lawn to actually grow more.”

Callahan says measuring water is simple: “If you don’t want to go out and actually buy one of [the sprinklers], you can use a tuna can that are approximately about an inch in depth.”

While homeowners are doing all they can to revive their lawns, Callahan says the best remedy would still come from Mother Nature herself.

“Those heavy, really quick rains, with how dry it is right now, will actually hit the ground and run off. We need just a good solid consistent soaking for a 24 to 48 hours,” said Callahan. 

Here is a list of tips from the governor’s office to reduce water use: 

• Fix dripping and leaking faucets and toilets. A faucet leaking 30 drops per minute wastes 54 gallons a month.

• Raise your lawn mower cutting height. Longer grass needs less water.

• If your community allows watering, water lawns and gardens on alternate mornings instead of every day. Less frequent watering will develop grass with deeper roots, and early morning watering minimizes evaporation.

•  When using automatic lawn watering systems, override the system in wet weather or use a rain gauge to control when and how much water to use. A fixed watering schedule

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