Protecting Your Lawn From The Sun's Rays
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Our record-breaking triple digit temps are putting a strain on people's lawns and gardens.
Cindy Eccleston says the heat wave is affecting her grass, "We don't have the best yard anyway but it's getting browner and browner so we actually said water today just because we seemed pretty desperate about how the yard was looking."
Phil Haynes owner of Clean Air Lawn Care says to keep your lawn green only mow early in the morning and mow high. He says keep 3 1/2 to 4 inches of grass, "Raise that mowing deck. It looks just as nice. You get a nice trim on it and it will create a healthier ecosystem for your grass."
Remember watering is key. Do not water everyday and do not water at night.
Haynes says water twice a week, "Most people have their sprinklers set to go 3 or 4 days cut that back to only two days but increase the amount of time that you have that water on." It's best to water at 5 am for 25 minutes. This will establish a deep root system.
For a garden and shrubs, Haynes says pick the coolest times of the day to water, "Water a little bit in the morning and a little bit after the sun is just below the horizon. So you're picking the two coolest times of the day and giving them a drink of water twice during the day."
Heath Daniel is not going to let this heat wave discourage him, "What's left green I thought about trying to go head and water that and see what I can come up with."