Melanie Stanton, executive director of The Lawn Institute, traveled to California and appeared on two morning TV shows to address lawn care and offer advice to Californians as they continue to face severe drought conditions.
Stanton appeared on “Good Day Sacramento” with co-host Cody Stark on KMAX-TV and was featured on KCRA-TV with reporter Deirdre Fitzpatrick in a segment titled, “Tips to keep your lawn green in a drought.”
“It’s important that people realize that grass is a lot hardier than they might think it is, and it can probably survive and be healthy with a lot less water than most people think,” Stanton says.
Throughout both broadcasts Stanton informed viewers that grass is resilient to drought conditions and as little as one inch of water per week is sufficient for grass to survive.
“During this drought you really want to be conscious of how you’re using your water and be efficient,” Stanton says. “So if you let your grass go brown, that’s fine, it will green up when water’s available. Grass is super resilient and it offers all kinds of environmental benefits.”
Stanton acknowledged that Californians were going through a very hard time because of the drought, but suggested that everyone be conscious as they deal with the drought and offered words of encouragement by stating that the current drought is a short term, temporary problem that will eventually improve. Stanton suggested to viewers that with minimum water and sound mowing practices they can help their lawn survive and recover when the weather returns to normal.