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Massachusetts residents who have used tractors reminded to consider raising decks

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Having longer grass may help with water restrictions and root stability.
Having longer grass may help with water restrictions and root stability.

While areas in Massachusetts have seen some showers lately, residents are still being encouraged to be mindful of water restrictions.

According to the Concord Public Works Department, those who have used tractors in the past to take care of lawns should now have them set to as high as 3 inches. Doing so keeps evaporation down and leads to strong root systems, which can help conserve water use.

The department also recommended homeowners use a screwdriver to see if a lawn could use some watering.

"It if doesn’t go through 5 inches of soil easily, your lawn may need to be watered," the city's website said.

When a person decides to water a lawn can also contribute to how much water they use and the health of their grass. For example, irrigating a yard earlier in the morning is helpful because it avoids the evaporation that can occur when the sun is at its peak.

It also gives the ground more time to suck up water, which can lead to root systems that are stouter.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19903641-ADNFCR

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