Your lawn looks dead.... Now what?

The combination of triple digit heat and the drought is wreaking havoc on local lawns.

If you look out of your window at a brown, crunchy lawn, we might have some good news for you.... It might not be as dead as it looks.

"We really won't know until this fall if it was it dead or if it was dormant," says Mark Cheek, a manager at John Deere Landscaping.

Cheek says just because your grass is brown doesn't mean it's dead, but if you don't want to wait to find out, you should turn the water on now.

"The best time to water is early in the morning from 4 to 6 or 8 until midnight," he says.

If you water in the heat of the day, Cheek says the water will just evaporate, and you'll waste your money.

If you over-water, Cheek says, "You may get the weeds to grow, but still may not get the grass to grow. I'm talking about water slightly, just to keep it alive, half an inch every week. You could measure that with a pan in the yard."

Cheek recommends watering for 30 or 40 minutes at a time before moving the sprinkler. That allows time for the water to seep into the roots. The same goes for trees and shrubs.

"They're going to be stressed as well," says Cheek. "Some people say take buckets and poke holes in them, and put water in them and just set it out there so it will leak out slowly."

Hopefully, the heat wave will be over soon, of course, as Cheek points out, "We're just now getting into the normal hot dry part of our summer, so we may be in trouble already."

Purdue has a helpful list of most of these tips and more on their web site.

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