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5/24/05-Tyler

Searing Heat, Lack Of Rain Spelling Problems For Lawns, Plants

The green remains, but for how long?

The searing heat, sometimes over 100, takes water right out of every blade, every leaf, and every petal.

"You really have to go through your [sprinkler] system and make sure everything is getting the proper water at this time," says Jay Schulz of Enviro-Care says you must make sure your sprinklers are working. But what time and how often you water is also important.

"Early in the morning, about six or seven in the morning [is ideal]  because that way the Sun can come out and dry it up and so you don't get fungal problems later," he says.

At Blue Moon Gardens near Edom, Sharon Lee Smith helps folks get the right plants for the summer heat. 

"If you can water very deeply and less often, you'll develop a much better root system."

There are plants that are less thirsty, though they look so delicate.

"Salvia and Lantanas drink less water, so things like that will make it easier from you and it will make it easier for you and it will actually flourish," she says.

There are flowers and plants that can weather this weather, like native plants and native grasses.

"You barely have to water them. No maintenance is great," she says.

For your lawn, check for insect infestation and fertilize. And if you find brown spots, all is not lost. Schulz says any plant can perk right back up.

"Once you get water on it, within a week or two, you'll get significant change."

Reported by Morgan Palmer. morganpalmer@kltv.com

 

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