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As Delaware Valley Lawns Turn Brown, Expert Suggests A Watering Pause

GLENSIDE, Pa. (CBS) - Remember green grass? As this hot, dry summer drags on, your lawn and gardens are wilting. And some lawns have turned brown and crunchy.

So, should you turn on the sprinkler and try to change the color of the landscape?

Mia Mengucci, a horticulturist at Primex Garden Center in Glenside, Pa., says save your time and money.

"Cut your losses if you've not been watering. Let it go dormant, and then deal with any kind of renovation in the fall, when the time is ideal for reseeding, aeration, liming, anything you need to do to your yard," she says.

Don't fertilize, either, she warns -- that'll just fry the grass faster.

Mengucci does suggest giving flowers and bushes a slow, early morning soaking at the roots; don't just spray the leaves.

Reported by Lynne Adkins, KYW Newsradio 1060

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