Green

Seton Hall Plant Expert: Back to Basics on Lawn Care

78d1322cca702a1b3587_b2d3b64c4b00a12394aa_law_care.jpg
You need to water your lawn for at least an hour for the water to reach the roots, according to Dr. Marian Glenn, a biology professor at Seton Hall University. (Photo: Stephen Valenti)
78d1322cca702a1b3587_b2d3b64c4b00a12394aa_law_care.jpg

It’s all about the water, according to Marian Glenn, Ph.D., a biology professor at Seton Hall University, who said drought conditions can be a challenge for lawn care.

Despite the rain in the last two weeks, spring rainfall has been about 2 inches less than the monthly averages, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Less rain fell in March this year than in any year since 2006.

With the low rainfalls creating a bit of an early drought, Glenn offered some tips on keeping the perfect lawn during the summer no matter the amount of rainfall.

Sign Up for E-News

“Many people that are concerned with having a perfect lawn will install a sprinkler system,” Glenn said. “In that case there is never a drought.”

However, for people who do not have an underground sprinkler system, all hope is not lost. Regardless of the way, a lawn will need water in a drought, and the best way is to water the lawn for more than an hour, according to Glenn.

“If you do water the grass, you do it for a long time so the water will really sink deep in,” Glenn said. “The deeper the roots go, the longer the grass will stay green as it gets dry because it is going to get dry from the top down. The deeper the roots are, the better the grass will survive.”

Right now as the grass starts to grow after holding steady for the winter, you can start preparing your lawn for an unexpected drought during the summer. The way to do this is by cutting the grass in a manner that will help preserve it in the summer sun.

“When you cut the grass, instead of cutting it really short so that the sun can come in and dry out the ground,” Glenn said, “you want to leave the grass 3 or 4 inches long. You should set the lawnmower at the highest possible height.”

Glenn also noted that you should leave the grass clipping on the lawn as another way to help block the sun from reaching the soil and drying it out.

For those who have pets and children, don’t worry about them killing the lawn. Simply aerate your lawn before the summer starts to prevent it from getting too compacted.

“They have these machines to pull up a little plug out of the ground,” Glenn said. “It allows the air to get in so the soil is not compacted. Also it allows the water to get in those holes and gets deep into the soil. Aeration is a great way to prepare your lawn for a drought.”

Even if the lawn does start turning brown during a long summer drought, it will come back once the conditions improve.

“As soon as the weather gets wet again, the lawn will green up again,” Glenn said.  “It’s not like your lawn is going to be wiped out. The blade may die, but the grass isn’t really dead. The roots are still alive.”

Stephen Valenti is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts designed to give students real-world experience.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Christopher Rinaldi for Town Council - Leadership, Judgement, Experience

May 17, 2018

My name is Christopher Rinaldi.  As a long-time member of the Republican Party, I am running in the Republican Primary on June 5th for Township Council and Republican Municipal Committee of Berkeley Heights.

As a follow-up to my Candidate Statements from the last two weeks, I would like to share with you a few areas of direct work experience garnered over the past 25 years that I believe ...

Redevelopment: Taking the First Step Together While Protecting Berkeley Heights

Redevelopment. It’s something that takes careful planning, foresight, the ability to negotiate for the most favorable outcome, and, of course, patience. I’m proud to say that we’ve been able to reach all of these milestones. Tomorrow, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, we as a community will take the first step together in the culmination of these efforts, when the ...

How the Holi Color Festival Came to Summit; Event Planner Shares Her Story

May 21, 2018

Back in India, Holi was a holiday observed by almost all states. The holiday would be declared at all educational institutes and offices. It's a two day spring festival also known as the festival of colors. The festival signifies the victory of good over bad, the arrival of spring with the fragrance of flowers in the air and aura of warmth and happiness.

Holi festival is the time ...

Rain Didn't Dampen Our Vision for Art in the Park

The rain did not dampen our vision for Art in the Park!! Columbia Middle School was transformed into an art paradise, filled with an array of artists whose talents are nothing short of magical! The Peppertown Park Art in the Park Committee would like to thank all of the artists who came to our very first Art in the Park event. We are in awe of your creativity and immeasurable talents! You all ...

Taxes up, Services down.....At least someone is listening

Do you feel as if you are getting good services from the town for what you pay in property taxes? I don’t, and wanted to thank the one Council person who voted NO on this year’s municipal budget which will increase your taxes by more than 3 percent, exceeding the cap.  Thank you, Susan Poage, for listening to taxpayers.

When our Mayor grants raises by executive order ...

Host an International Exchange Student

May 21, 2018

EF High School Exchange Year announces annual search for student exchange host families in communities across the New Jersey

EF High School Exchange Year—a division of EF Education First, the World Leader in International Education—has kicked off its annual nationwide search for caring host families to welcome exchange students into their homes. Last year EF connected over 3,000 ...

Berkeley Heights Community Pool Set to Open May 26!

Tired of the rain and ready for the sun? We sure are! The Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA is slated to open during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend on May 26! With only one month until summer starts, swimmers can get a headstart jump into the pool during our pre-season opening! 

Join the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA today—there are no joining fees, and ...

Mountain Ridge Bible Chapel Presents Special Women’s program

 

Mountain Ridge Bible Chapel, 763 Mountain Avenue, Berkeley Heights, is very pleased to host a unique free seminar for women on Saturday June 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

The speaker will be Doctor Ruth Schwertfeger of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Ruth was born in Northern Ireland, is a retired Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She speaks several languages, and ...

Kids Can Change The World

Karen De La Maza is the founder of “Kids Can Change The World”, a program designed to instill humane values in children while developing essential life skills and positive leadership. Karen and her family relocated to NJ from her native Mexico City in 2008 for her husband’s job.

Karen has always had a strong passion for helping people in need. With ten years of experience in ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

May 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

May 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 24, 9:30 AM

Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, Summit

Here Comes Summer! Junior League of Summit Thrift ...

Giving Back Green

Fri, May 25, 9:30 AM

Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, Summit

Here Comes Summer! Junior League of Summit Thrift ...

Giving Back Green

Sat, May 26, 2:00 PM

New Providence

Memoir Writing Workshops @ NPML

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, May 31, 11:30 AM

Canoe Brook Country Club, Summit

Fortnightly Club Scholarship Luncheon

Food & Drink Giving Back

Thu, May 31, 1:30 PM

Coppola Ristorante, New Providence

Lunch and Learn: Dental Implants and the ...

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_9eff927f48bc74910214_committee

Fri, June 1, 6:00 PM

Senior Center of the Chathams, , Chatham Township

Senior Center of the Chathams Glorious Garden ...

Food & Drink Home & Garden

Don’t Make These Three Mistakes About Social Security

Social Security has been around for decades and it’s not about to disappear. Why? Social Security is not an entitlement ("gift") that can be taken away - it’s a forced savings scheme that Americans pay into in their working years in order to secure a pension for life. Ideally, Social Security should not be your sole source of income in retirement but even comfortable ...