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It ain’t easy being green: Keeping green’s green during Rochester’s summer drought

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One look at the grass and its no secret that Rochester has had a serious rainfall deficit since the beginning of spring. While some of us can afford to let our lawns go brown there are others that simply cannot.

The links of your favorite course are just one of those places where the greens need to be green!  Art Eichas is just the man for that job. For 37 years, he’s been the Greens Superintendant in charge of the course at Ridgemont Country Club in Greece, so he knows just how dry we are.

“This is probably the driest spring we’ve had through this time of year,” said Eichas. “Usually the dry comes in August. This year it’s been right from the start from the spring on.”

So when mother nature doesn’t deliver water he has to find an alternative and that means irrigation.

“We put out about a quarter of a million gallons right now, said Eichas. “We have roughly 440 sprinklers, all radio controlled. We tell it how much to put down every night. And, so far so good  “

And you don’t need to go to the lengths a golf course has to go through to rescue your own lawns. Whether very dry or even dormant, landscape pros like Mike Callahan, owner of Callahan Tree and Landscape, say there’s still hope to save that grass  with a little strategy in how you water.

“I would recommend especially in the Northeast here with this drought get out there put out an inch of water this week do it in those two different segments at those optimized times,” said Callahan. “You can leave it but if there is heavy foot traffic or from pets you are running the risk of it not coming back in spring.”

Although there’s a big difference between taking care of your lawn and taking care of a golf course there are tricks of the trade that you can apply to your own lawn.

For example water late in the afternoon and early in the morning. And don’t forget to conserve water too because rainfall in the forecast is not significant any time soon.

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