Northwest Arkansas Cities Deal With Summer Watering

Posted: July 14, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Meagan Lipscomb, horticulturalist with the Bentonville Parks and Recreation Department, lets Justin Tresler, 5 from Pea Ridge, help her water the plants Thursday around the Bentonville square. Lipscomb is one of the city employees who make sure the plants and flowers in city parks stay hydrated during the warm summer.

As summer heat settles like a blanket over Northwest Arkansas, several cities are amping up their watering regimes to keep parks blooming and ball fields green.

At A Glance

Lawn Tips

Looking to keep your own lawns and plant beds looking fresh this summer? Follow these tips from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln:

• Water about half an inch deeper than the deepest roots to encourage downward growth.

• Water in the early morning from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m.

• Change the time that your system runs each month, or at least seasonally.

• Adjust sprinkler heads as plants grow larger and block spray pattern.

• If temperature is above 90 degrees, run sprinklers five to 10 minutes in the afternoon to cool plants.

• Create water zones by putting plants together that have similar water needs.

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