NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The stifling summer heat has come several weeks early here in the mid-state, and it's hard not only on folks working out in it, but also on lawns.
David Bates of the Bates Nursery and Garden Center said he knows the effect the heat has on his nursery greenhouse- and how it affects lawns.
"When it gets hot people get frustrated, period. Water is just one of those things," said Bates.
The sweltering weather can cause problems for shrubs, flowers, and grass. Bates said those who water during the heat of the day are making the biggest mistake.
"Generally the best time is in the morning hours- 5 am is best," said Bates. "The water you apply to the lawn will absorb into the ground. If you do it in the middle part of the day, a high percentage of it will evaporate away."
Bates also said watering multiple times each day can help when it's hot. Long water soaks are best because it promotes deep root growth.
"Deep infrequent waterings are better to get drought resistant plants as opposed to frequent short term waterings," said Bates.
If the heat continues the way it has in June, it will be a long, hot summer. And though that can't be changed, homeowners can change the way their lawns are prepared for it.
"It's a matter of understanding what you're dealing with- and having water available at the times you need it," Bates said.
Bates also added many homeowners make the mistake of cutting their grass too short. That can cause cool season grasses to die in the blistering heat.