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Tulsa Lawn Care Tips: Did We Miss Tornado Season?

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Wed, May 21, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

 

On the morning news, the weather man was lamenting the fact that we seem to have missed tornado season – that the bad weather was all north of us.  But that’s good, right?

 

tornado                                                         BAD

                                             

He was actually referring to the fact that May is usually our rainiest month of the year.  And here we are with only about 5 ½ inches of rain for the entire year, which is about 1/3 of what we usually have by now. 

 

This is not a good thing.

 

I know I mentioned in my last update that you need to water your lawn.  For the record, I’m going to mention it again.  No, actually, I’m going to strongly recommend that you begin a regular regimen of watering.  Please take a look at our watering page for correct watering procedures, because if you do it wrong, you’re not only wasting water, but raising your water bill needlessly.

 

We all know that summer brings drought and high temperatures.  But starting out the spring with a pointed lack of precipitation is a bad forecast for our landscapes.

 

And I’m not just saying water your lawn – your trees and shrubs are going to need water badly.  The high winds we’ve had recently are compounding the problem by drying out everything.  If you wait until it’s 95 degrees and things are wilting and your trees are dropping leaves, then you will have to resort to deep watering probes to revive them, and you may risk losing them.  On my morning bike rides, I’ve been noticing some trees that didn’t make it back from last year.

 

rainstorm                                                           GOOD

 

So… maybe the weather guy is wrong?  Hope so, but let’s not bank on it!  With temperatures in the 60’s at night, everything looks good now, but don’t wait for it to get baked in the heat.  Haul out the sprinklers and give everything a nice soaking twice per week.  A soaking will help develop a deep root system, whereas light watering daily will give you a shallow root system which will have a much harder time in the heat and in drought conditions.

 

Thankful for no tornadoes…but not looking forward to drought! That's always bad news for lawn care. (And there goes the price of beef again!)

 

Make it a great day!

Topics: May 2014 weather, watering