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Saving your lawn in summer heat


OKLAHOMA CITY — Thursday is day four of triple-digit heat in Oklahoma City.

Oklahomans are starting to get nervous about their lawns and gardens.

According to the City of Oklahoma City, the majority of the water consumed in the metro is used on the grass.

The citywide pump stations switch into overdrive during the peak watering hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“As soon as people get home from work, you can see our water consumption go through the roof,” Oklahoma City spokesperson Kristy Yager said. “Unfortunately, the residents on the outskirts of Oklahoma City often have low water pressure in the summer when usage is high.”

Check out squeezeeverydrop.com, a site the city recently launched to help residents waste less water.

The site offers dozens of tips for using less water and watering more efficiently.

The lawn experts at O’Connor Lawn and Garden recommend raising the blade on your lawn mower because longer grass is more drought resistant.

Shawn O’Connor also suggests switching to a low-nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer.

“It’s very important if you’re going to fertilize that you use a low-nitrogen formula, with a slow-release nitrogen. Also, look for a fertilizer that contains more trace elements,” O’Connor said.

The City of Oklahoma City reports the water supply is adequate and in better shape this year than it has been in year’s past.