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How and when to water your lawn as extreme heat endures

Meg Tapp from the Garden Club of Houston addresses that concern and answers listener questions about caring for the plants in their life.


The prolonged extreme heat and lack of rain means Houstonians will need to water their lawns to keep them from dying.


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One more week of extreme heat, and then maybe, just maybe, a little relief is in sight! What does that mean for your garden?

On the second Monday of each month, Meg Tapp from the Garden Club of Houston drops by to field your questions.

In the audio above, she offers advice for when and how to water your lawn while we’re still locked in extreme heat this week.

She said it’s best to run a sprinkler for five minutes in one place and then to move it, do another five minutes, and repeat to cover the whole yard. And it’s better to do that once a week rather than trying to do a little watering numerous times a week.

“It’s better to make your lawn think it has just experienced a huge rainstorm,” Tapp said. “That helps the water get down to the roots, and it makes the lawn and your plants think it’s our regular tropical weather.”

She also explains why sugar water could be a useful solution for one listener’s attempts to protect some flowers from worms. And she muses on what might have led another Houstonian’s tomatoes to end up red and seemingly ripe on the outside, but green and apparently very much not ripe on the inside. (Blame Houston Matters host Craig Cohen for the ridiculous suggestion that the listener grew an accidental hybrid of tomatoes and broccoli).

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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