The current drought conditions in northeast Ohio could have a lasting impact on your lawn. With the current heat and lack of consistent rainfall many lawns are brown and dormant.
But Tom Dayton, owner of Dayton Nursery in Norton and host of Saturday's "Ready, Set, Grow" show on 1590-WAKR says insects could damage your law when enough rain returns to allow your lawn to recover.
Dayton tells AkronNewsNow " The thing you have to be vigilant about is insect attacks whether it might be bilbugs, web worms, cinch bugs, anything like that, and cinch bugs were very bad last year, so you have to keep checking and looking and finding them."
Dayton says if the insects go unchecked you won't notice the damage until your lawn gets enough rain to turn green again. " Then when the lawn does come back, when the rains will eventually return, and it starts to green up, you'll think oh what happened, why is my lawn not coming back, and it could be from insect attacks," says Dayton.
Tom Dayton has seen more customers returning to his nursery to replace plants damaged by the drought and heat. "Those plants are not established enough, and some of the more shallow rooted ones, they're going to have to be watered."
Dayton says during such a dry and hot summer you'll definitely need to water your outside plants, especially those in planters and pots, at least twice a week and maybe even three times a week to help them survive. He says the plants especially new trees will need deep watering to reach the roots.
As for how much rain we would need to ease or end the current drought conditions Dayton says " We need a soaking rain. We would probably need at least three to five to six inches of rain to really do the job."