The heat wave and lack of rain is leaving crispy brown grass across the metro and hurting some area businesses.
“It`s by far the worst year in 25 years,” says Shawn Edwards with A+ Lawn & Landscape.
Edwards says no rain hurts his bottom line.
“We`re down quite a bit because no one wants anything done, they don`t want landscape plants because they have to water them, and they don`t need mowing because it isn`t growing,” says Edwards.
A+ Lawn & Landscape crews are starting their shifts two hours early to beat the heat.
Working and installing irrigation systems is the main money maker during these dry days.
Others around town choose to water on their own.
“It’s been one of the warmest summers I can remember and we definitely have been watering we`ve been irrigating every day,” says Jennifer Flower of Des Moines.
However, the cost of green grass will cost you some green.
“The water bill has gone up about $50 a month but I think without it the grass would be dry,” says Flower.
The same goes for A+ Lawn & Landscape; their water bill is three to four times higher than normal.
“We`re irrigating almost around the clock here to keep everything alive here,” says Edwards.
Edwards also suggests homeowners water their lawn, even if it’s already gone brown.
He says watering for just 30 minutes every two weeks and taking a pro-active approach in the fall will make a difference.
“The lawns are going to thin out when you have such a drought like this. In the fall will be a huge time to aerate and seed lawn so it will come back thick in the spring, if you don`t do that it will be a lot thinner and a lot of weeds come spring,” says Edwards.
Last week, the statewide average for rain was only about four tenths of an inch.
That’s half the normal amount for the week.