Lawn care: mow high, mow often, water deeply
As homeowners are having the annual over-the-fence discussion with neighbors on whether or not to let lawns go dormant, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Richard Hentschel offers mowing and watering advice for summer lawn care.
“Our cool-season grasses will naturally go dormant as the summer heat and lack of rainfall triggers that dormancy,” Hentschel said. “What went wrong in 2012 is that the extended drought did not supply even the minimal rains that the crown of the grass plants needed to remain hydrated and able to return again in the late summer.”
Hentschel added that 2013 has also seen the need for a lot of reseeding and re-sodding in order to get lawns back into shape. He said homeowners can aid in the recovery of their lawns by using a variation of methods they are already used to doing.
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