Lawn care experts offer tips on keeping grass green in dry weather

Posted at 3:46 PM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 17:52:59-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — All of the hot and dry weather recently has wreaked havoc on lawns for many people around Kentucky.

But lawn care experts say there are some things you can do to keep your grass green without running your water bill up too high.

David Williams with Epic Lawncare says he loves working outside.

“Start early, work hard, get off before it gets too hot,” said Williams.

But when temperatures hit the 90s, he's under-the-gun to get his work finished before the afternoon.

“I've got 3 or 4 weather apps and I'm always checking all of them and we're always watching the news and getting up in the morning and trying to see if it's going to rain,” said Williams.

Unfortunately, not much rain in the forecast recently. In fact, in the last 50 days we’ve only had 2.8 inches of rain. That’s less than half of the normal amount of rain for that period, which would be around 6 inches. As you would imagine, that's not good news for your yard.

“You see a lot of brown, a lot of the actual turf grass will go dormant and turn brown for lack of water. The yards you see that are still green are either really nice grass and they're getting irrigated typically or somebody is watering, or it's just crab grass,” said Williams.

Williams says the best thing you can do September through mid-October is aerate and overseed your grass, or hire professionals to do it.

“It breaks up the soil, pulls some plugs out and gets it nice and broken up so that when the grass seed and fertilizer goes down on it, the yard is ready to handle it,” said Williams.

Aside from that, he says buy a sprinkler, set a timer, and water your lawn.

“You don't have to jack your water way up, the most important thing is to water early in the morning,” said Williams.

Williams says a lot of people make the mistake of watering at night, so the moisture will sit there overnight and can create fungal problems.

If you’d like to learn more about Epic Lawncare and their services, click here.