TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - It's amazing that after weeks of heavy rains and floods in the spring, we now have grass that is brown. Thankfully getting your grass back to looking green is as simple as following a few steps.
"I think a lot of the plants, a lot of the shrubs, trees, and turf were spoiled with all the water. and now we've went into a drought condition and things are showing signs real quickly," said Michael Stoffers.
For third generation gardener Michael Stoffers, now is crunch time.
"This is busy time of year," said Stoffers.
His family has been working in horticulture for over 75 years, and they know the surprising secret to a successful lawn is starting at the end of summer.
"In the fall in Indiana, we go from warm days to cooler nights, and you get better chances for grass to germinate and more importantly for grass to go ahead and establish itself going into the fall," said Stoffers.
Even though lack of rain doesn't begin to describe the conditions we're facing, every morning grass and plants can get a little bit of moisture in the dew.
However, you can't let mother nature do all the work. Stoffers says a good lawn starts with great seed, and more importantly, getting the seed into a good place.
"The number one secret to success is to make sure you have good soil contact between the seed and the soil," said Stoffers. "You can do everything else right and if you don't get that right you're not going to have success."
Add in proper maintenance and additional watering and these patches of brown will be pastures of green in a matter of weeks.
Let's just hope the warm temps continue so we can still enjoy the view this year and next.
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