Gardening Report: Lawn Care

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - With the heat we have had over the past couple of weeks, lawns have been really taking a beating.

But in tonight's segment of Gardening Report Julie Riley from the Co-operative Extension Service has some tips to help you bring them back to life.

There is so much brown grass around town, because the temperatures have been high even though we've had a similar to normal amount of rainfall, according to Mike Shultz. So this grass is not dormant, I wanted to let you know not to worry. When rains come or if you start watering, it'll green up again as long as you're growing the normal turf grasses. Red hugh and Kentucky blue grass, they can go dormant like this and look like they're dead. But they're not dead! So that's the good news. So just let them go, just let them take they're course and it will green up if you start getting regular rains but if you wanna water it yourself, the lawn needs 1 to 2 inches per week. So that's a big commitment. If you can do it, fine, if you can't then just let it go brown and it'll green up again. But a couple of things you don't want to be doing, in terms of your lawn care when the lawn is really stressed like this, don't spot treat for weeds even though they may still be green. Don't apply any fertilizer because those products could cause problems. So it's been a marvelously warm summer for vegetables and flowers but the lawn's not too happy but at least it's not dead. I'm Julie Riley, join me next time for the Garden Report when we'll do flowers or vegetables.