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Next Step For KELOLAND Yards

August 18, 2012, 9:52 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Next Step For KELOLAND Yards
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The dog days of this summer packed a heat-filled bite and many lawns are left showing the scars.  But time, as well as cooler weather and some moisture, are starting to heal some of those scars. 

"Trying to get things going again, it has just been bone dry for the past couple of months. Hopefully the cooler weather and a little water on the grass and it will start to come back here," Kelsey Ulrich said as watering part of his yard.

But not all yards are coming back, which can make it tempting to try new tactics to bring the green looks back.

"Yeah, it's possible. [You] might have to put a little grass seed down. We'll see what happens here," Ulrich said. 

"What we've been recommending people do is hold off of the water now in the heat and the drought now.  Once temperatures cool down into the fall, [it's] not a bad idea to water your lawn going into winter to make sure it's not dry," Cliff Avenue Greenhouse nursery manager Laura Kalfs said.

And experts add that now is still not the time to panic about your yard.  Instead, wait to see what this fall and even the winter brings.

"If we have really good snow cover and insulation for that already stressed grass, that's going to make a huge difference.  I think things are going to come back, even your trees, shrubs and perennials, all that is going to winter over a lot better if we get some snow," Kalfs said.

Which means many across KELOLAND will be hoping for plenty of moisture this winter.

Kalfs also recommends fertilizing your yard in the fall.  That way the grass takes the nutrients in and has them stored and ready to go next spring.

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