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Friday, July 13, 2012 - The News - Page 3A O The hot dry days of plication of to 1 inch of gins and resembles a small summer have arrived. Rick water will adequately wet oak leaf, while the two lat- Keeping our lawns green HiF3ch most soils. The time re- eral leaflets are often ir- in July and August can be quired to wet the soil to regularly lobed. The with a A ew this depth depends on the lighter color on the under a challenge even good irrigation system, type of sprinkler used, the side of one of the leaves is Watering is one of the water pressure available caused by the pubescence, basic elements of lawn and the rate at which the or fine hairs, on the sur- maintenance and often one weather. Do not mow water moves into the soil. face. The range in size of of the costliest, bermuda grass higher than Sloping sites require light leaves varies considerably, Soil type, grass species 2 inches, watering at frequent inter- even on the same plant. and turf management in- Timely applications of vals. Many people know fluence the amount of sup- water are required for el- The key to success inthrough experience that plemental water and the fective and efficient water watering home lawns is to they are susceptible to watering frequency re- use. condition the grass to get poisoning by poison ivy, quired for lawns. Apply water just as the by on as little supplemen- poison oak or poison Sandy, coarse-textured grass begins to discolor tal water as possible. The sumac. Others, however, and wilt. Most grasses soils absorb water at a use of good turf manage- either have escaped con- much faster rate than finer turn dark and dull and the ment practices will devel- tamination or have a cer- textured soils, but retain leaf blades begin to fold op a deep-rooted turfrain degree of immunity. less moisture. Therefore or roll when the grass which can withstand The extent of immunity goes into water stress, drought conditions, appears to be only rela- sandy soils will require Grass under water stress more frequent applications also shows tracks after Poison Ivy, Poison tivel In repeated contact of water at lighter rates, someone walks across the Oak, Poison Sumac with the plants, persons Clay soils retain more lawn. Regardless of the plant, who have shown a degree follow the old adage - of immunity may develop moisture and should re- The time of day also in- "leaves of three, let it be!" poisoning. quire less frequent water- fluences the effectiveness ings. Clay soils absorb of watering. Early morn- Poison oak usually does The skin irritant ofpoi- water very slowly so ap- ing is considered the best not climb as a vine, but son ivy, poison oak and plication rates should be time to water. Early morn- occurs as a low growing poison sumac is a non- slower and extended over ing watering helps to wash shrub. Stems generally volatile phenolic sub- a longer period, des off the leaves which grow upright. The shrubs stance called urushiol, have rather slender found in all parts of the Grass species and man- reduces the incidence of agement practices largely diseases. Later afternoon branches, often covered plant. The danger ofpoi- with a fine pubescence soning is greatest in spring determine the amount of is considered the worst that gives the plant a kind and summer and least in supplemental water re- time to water because the quired for lawns. Bermuda grass remains wet through of downy appearance, late fall or winter. Leaflets occur in threes, as Poisoning usually is grass is able to go dor- the night and is more sus- mant during a drought and deptible to disease, in other ivy, but are lobed, caused by contact with somewhat as the leaves of some part of the bruised recover fairly well, Other How much water to grasses such as Centipede apply to a home lawn can some kinds of oak. The plant, as actual contact and St. Augustine do not be very confusing for a middle leaflet usually is with the poison is neces- possess this drought toler- homeowner with an auto- lobed alike on both mar- sary to produce dermatitis. ant. Significant turfgrass matic irrigation system. loss can occur if these Unfortunately grasses do species are allowed to ex- not utilize water on a set perience severe drought scheduled. stress for an extended pe- Apply enough water to tied of time. a lawn to wet the top 4 to During hot, dry condi- 6 inches of soil. 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