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Head Grounds Keeper For Citizens Bank Park Has The Secret To A Healthier Lawn

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - We are seeing yet another day of triple digit temperatures. Ever wonder how the field at Citizens Bank Park stays green despite the heat? KYW’s Cherri Gregg spoke to the green thumb behind it all and got the secrets to keeping your lawn luscious during the heat wave.

Mike Boekholder is the Head Grounds Keeper for Citizens Bank Park. He says anyone with a lawn can have grass as green as what the Phillies play on if they focus on two simple rules. First–water.

“Too much water is as bad as not enough.”

Boekholder says dry grass tends to wilt and grass that is too damp attracts fungus. So water your lawn early in the morning to protect it from the sun and so that any excess water will evaporate. Tip number two.

“Let that grass get up a little taller. I raise the cutting height at this time of the year to about 3 inches.”

Boekholder says mowing your lawn too much can dry it out. A little extra height on the blade can give the plant’s root a little extra shade.

“If you are careful about what you are doing, you can definitely keep your lawn green through most of the summer and just pray for a thunderstorm every now and then.”

Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio

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