It has been a hot summer- that’s an understatement. as much as we all may be suffering through these 90 degree days- something else is being impacted even more so than us, our landscaping.
While the southern part of the state has been the hardest hit- places like Marathon County are still very dry. That message is one the Department of Natural Resources says people should remember, especially if they want their grass, trees, and flowers to look their best.
Forest Ranger, Matt Slater says, "If you’re going to be watering the lawn. The best times are late in the evening, or even better you’re first thing in the morning. If you’re going to water in the day you will just lose all of that. The best time is in the morning."
He says that this is one of the driest summers he remembers in years. It’s been so dry; the Marathon County Forestry Department has even had more fires than they would in a usual summer.
One thing the DNR suggest homeowners do, make sure to pay close attention to the younger trees, they are the ones this dry hot weather impacts the most. Giving them water multiple days a day can be the difference maker.
The DNR also says as long as this drought does not continue on too long- the older bigger trees should survive just fine. But if you want to be extra cautious, giving your lawn and trees a few extra drinks of water each day can make all the difference.