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Celebrating Earth Day at home

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LUBBOCK, Texas -
Everyone is encouraged to stay home right now, but that doesn't mean you have to stay inside.
Joey Young is a Professor of Turfgrass Science at Texas Tech and in honor of Earth Day, he shared tips on how to bring your lawn back to life. 
"No matter where you're at in the process, it's a really good time to start mowing," Young said. That's a really good way to keep the grass healthy and eliminate the weed pressure that we have."
Mowing, pulling weeds and hand watering are simple and safe tasks, that kids can help with too.
"Being outside we're not going to be exposed to the same level of potential interaction with the virus like we would in an internal place," Young said. "Getting out in nature can be just as beneficial for our kids as it is for us."
On top of these tasks, Young says it may be time to purchase fertilizer. In order to keep social distancing, he recommends ordering online.
"Get topsoil or compost and evenly spread it over your lawn," Young said. "If you have some weak areas where your grass isn't growing so well, that's a good way to encourage some growth."
While a green lawn looks nice, it's important to conserve resources like water.
"The grasses that we have in our landscapes much more resilient to drought than most people feel that they would be," Young said. 
Lubbock's under stage One water restrictions until the fall. This means that landscape irrigation is only allowed on two assigned days per week.
But Young says even that, is too much right now.
""With the temperatures being a little cooler, you don't need to apply the same amount of water as in July and August," Young said. "Water once every two weeks rather than two times per week."
To make sure water is not being wasted, Young recommends hand watering your lawn, which is allowed any day at any time. 
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