Posted at: 07/06/2012 5:35 PM
| Updated at: 07/06/2012 5:57 PM
By: Dan Bazile
Photo: Ray Zanta/WNYT
CLIFTON PARK - The Capital Region hasn't had a good, soaking rain since early June. You can tell by driving around the area and seeing all the brown lawns.
There isn't much you can do about it except turn on your sprinkler system. If your lawn looks like this, the experts tell me you might as well leave it alone and wait until we get that soaking rain we so desperately need.
Sprinkler systems are getting workout in this dry and hot weather pattern but keep in mind mother nature usually wins.
“You can't fight mother nature sometimes. I focus on what I can. We got some potted plans, flowers. I focus on them,” said Chuck McElrath.
McElrath's lawn, which is usually plush green -- he's throwing in the towel.
“I have a sprinkler system but quite frankly, I just can't keep up. It's like throwing a tea spoon of water on a wild fire. It's not doing anything,” said McElrath.
The grass is so dry, it looks like wheat or hay and the little McElraths complain about not having a good spot to play football
Many communities have water restrictions under these conditions. They monitor water usage closely. Rotterdam just lifted a water ban. Clifton Park residents have what's called an odd and even restriction.
Town Supervisor Phil Barrett says there isn't a full ban right now because water levels are strong but that could change if the dry weather continues.
In the meantime, experts from Olsen's Property Maintenance in Albany say don't worry, your lawn should be fine.