Oklahoma Lawns Take A Beating In The Summer Heat

Monday, July 18th 2011, 9:29 pm
By: News On 6

Tara Vreeland, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- With seemingly endless days of 100 degree heat, many yards are starting to show the wear and tear of the heat. Add in the scorching sun and subtract any trace of rain and it's a compounded problem.

But what is the best way to outsmart mother nature to keep your lawn looking fresh?

Lisa Christeon is fighting to keep her grass green and her flowers in bloom. Her neighbors have already waved the white flag.

"They said there comes a time when you have to let it go and I said no I'm not lettin' it go," Christeon said.

"I didn't want them to die," she added. "You pay so much money for the plants so if I can just keep them alive until 5:30 in the morning."

Christeon and others still on the front lines of the front yard need to have a strategy if they want to win.

Pat Calnan with Southwood Landscape and Nursery says the type of grass you have makes a difference in its appearance.

"Fescue lawns are going to be the challenge because they are a cool season grass. So this time of year it's virtually impossible to dump that much water on a fescue lawn," Calnan said.

Bermuda grass should fare better.

Watering is the best weapon. Calnan says longer waterings, about 40 minutes or so, two to three times a week is best.

A longer deeper watering is much better for the plants than a lot of little bitty watering," ----- said.

So if the grass is greener on the other side, don't surrender and keep watering.

"No I'm not going to give up," Christeon said. "I know my water bill is going to be crazy but I'm still going to keep watering my grass."