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Gardeners explain how to beat the heat while caring for the lawn

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Professional gardener offer tips on maintain a nice lawn during a heat wave (WFSB). Professional gardener offer tips on maintain a nice lawn during a heat wave (WFSB).
GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Professional gardeners are offering tips on how we can all take care of our lawns in Connecticut during this oppressive heat wave.

Experts explained that the best time to water the grass is early in the morning because it minimizes evaporation and drenches the the soil. 

"If your well allows that or if you're on city water and you can do that, if you can get down to the bottom of the root system instead of just a little bit at the top of the root system you're better off" Woody Scott, with Scott's Orchard & Nursery, said.

For browning lawns, they suggested watering twice a day for a couple of days. Gardeners also recommended soaking the grass so it saturates the soil. They believe that is better than watering every day for a shorter time period.

Another tip is to minimize fertilizer during a heat wave because plants will need more water than normal. Instead, you can opt for mulch for your landscaping needs.

"We've got some gardens that haven't been watered in the last ten days that are still beautiful and they're not wilting in the daytime," Scott said. "They'll eventually need water. They can't stay forever, but once you get a good base of water under the mulch, they can go through a drought time."

Gardening professionals also said to get rid of weeds right away because they sap water away from grass and plants.

"Advice for next year is to plan ahead and plant drought-tolerant plants," Scott said.

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