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Local lawn businesses staying busy during the drought

POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 4:08pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- Right now, the thought of doing yard work probably doesn't sound too appealing. So as the sun continues to dry out our grass and even kill it, home owners are turning to local lawn care services to do the dirty work for them.

You'd think the drought would put lawn companies out of business but it actually keeps them busier.

Tim Schnabel with Aggieland Green said, "People don't know what to do so they ask for our advice and our guidance and the people that trust us to care for their lawn and follow are watering instructions do have nice yards"

One question Jesse Walker often gets is, why is my yard turning brown? Brown spots can be caused by a number of reasons besides the lack of rain.

"It could be a lack of watering, lack of nutrients as far as fertilization. It could also be fungal or fungal problems or some type of pest issue also," said Walker of J Walkers Lawn Care Services.

Add this summer, pests are causing more problems than normal.

"We're seeing chinch bugs on St. Augustine yards, Zoysia yards and Bermuda yards which is a little bit irregular because we're used to just seeing it on St. Augustine yards," said Schnabel.

However, bugs aren't the biggest concern. It's the dryness that's the problem.

"You want to allow enough water to penetrate to the roots and to you know, remain in the soil in order to provide water for a longer period of time for the roots," said Walker.

Plants like the Lantana do best in the heat and drought because they hold in moisture and don't have to be watered as often.

Even though it might cost you a little more now, experts say it's better to take care of your lawn before it dies and needs to be completely replaced.

So fertilize, protect it from pests and make sure you're getting good watering coverage.

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