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What’s wrong with this picture?

This is our backyard, can you tell what’s wrong with this picture?

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What if I said I live in Minnesota? What if I said we are in the mist of a severe drought?

For some reason, there are parts of our lawn that are bright green and don’t dry out. Not even in a severe drought. I haven’t watered but I did have to mow today and it just doesn’t make sense. How can lawns and crops be dying across the state and parts of our backyard is alive and well!

We are almost 8 inches behind on rain and are in desperate need of water. Our running totals for the summer months so far are:

April – 2.03 inches of rain
May – 1.39 inches of rain
June – 1.56 inches of rain
July – 1.13 inches of rain

The previous owner even said they put in a drain tile system to help rain water out of the back yard. It makes me think the city has water pipes under our yard that are leaking or that there is a spring under there. However, usually it’s just an area that grows really fast and puddles in the spring or in heavy rain. It’s not a marsh normally so that kind of tosses those ideas out.

On the bright side, we are one of the few lawns that looks spectacular in the mist of a drought. Ok, not the whole lawn as you can tell, but still. 🙂

3 Responses

  1. Steven A. Moncivais says:

    This is why I’m a propionate of xeriscape.
    Whenever those contractors building houses decide to put in a lawn, they put in what they think will look good, but they never think if it’ll last in the midst of drought.
    Xeriscaping would save you TONS on your water bill, and the lawn will look good even in 100+ degree weather!

  2. BigTom3007 says:

    I loved when Chicago had a drought a a year or two ago. I never had to mow the lawn. Our Grass never grew. And considering we have a 1/2 of an acre of land on our property and 3/4 of that 1/2 needs to be cut once a week. I spring for joy.

  3. peter says:

    hi me again could be just your soil may have large amount of loam or clay in that one spot that does not affect the plant roots but retains moisture for awhile if you r in drought like most of us then it may be that the brown part of your lawn has become hygrophobic and it is hard to re-wet after moderate rainfall this can be correct by purchasing a wetting agent and applying it to your lawn these can be bought from garden centres you may also have nemitodes or crickets or a type of lawn beetle the reasons are endlessbut dont worry when it rains it usually will green back up oh you could start by checking the pH. of the two differrent areas as this may also be a problem happy gardening from OZtralia ;o)

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