There’s nothing better than running through a sprinkler and playing in the water on a hot, Kansas City summer day. While sprinklers and water play are fun, they can be damaging to your grass and landscaped areas. If you’re looking for a way to have fun with water play, yet not ruin your grass, here are a few tips:
Move the Sprinkler Around the Yard
If you’re old-fashioned and enjoy running through the traditional sprinkler, make sure to move it around the yard each day. If you leave the sprinkler in one place, it will not only saturate the yard, but your grass will be trampled on in the same spot. This can kill your grass quickly, so keep it moving around the yard. They also make sprinklers designed specifically for children that have lower water pressure and use less water.
Get out the Water Guns and Water Balloons
One alternative to water play is to skip the sprinkler all together and play with water guns and water balloons. This will allow you to avoid the concentrated traffic and spread the water out throughout the whole yard. Just make sure to pick up the bits of water balloons if you go that route.
Head to the Crown Center Fountains or McCoy Park
There are a few great spots in the Kansas City area that offer free fountains for kids to play. The fountains at Crown Center area always a town favorite, as parents can sit under an umbrella as they watch kids run through the tall fountains. McCoy Park near the Truman Library also has fun fountains for play. This will allow your kids to still get in the water, yet not run through your grass.
Well Kansas Citians, we’ve made it through a record-breaking heat wave. And although temperatures have started to let up a bit, the effects of the heatwave are still among us. If you’re looking out your window at a nicely browned yard, you’re not alone.
What to Do with a Brown Yard?
The first thing to know is that just because your yard is brown, it doesn’t make you a bad homeowner. Most of us cannot afford to water our yards day and night – and especially those of us who live in Lee’s Summit with our water prices! For most of us, we’ll tough it out and wait for more rain to come to freshen up our lawns once again.
Waiting for the Water on your Lawn
If you do have a sprinkler system or want to water your yard, we encourage you to spread out your watering, and water deeply and thoroughly a few times each week rather than every night. Watering the grass deeply will cause water to sink even deeper into the soil, creating deeper, healthier grass roots. By watering a little every day, your grass will more than likely stay shallow and not bounce-back as quickly.
Go Ahead and Pull Up the Dead Plants and Flowers
Drive around the neighborhoods and you’ll see many homeowners who are in denial about the heat wave. Unless they chose to buy desert-friendly flowers, many of the gorgeous plants this year has succumbed to the heat and withered away. If your flowers have died due to extreme heat, go ahead and pull them out, making way for the new fall plantings. If your plant is a nice shade of light brown, chances are it’s not coming back to life.
Rake the Thatch in Fall
Also know that as the season begins to change and fall approaches us, consider raking the yard for thatch. This will remove the dead grass and create aeration throughout the soil, allowing your grass to grow deeper and fuller.