Outdoors Suffering From Heat

By: Chip Brewster Email
By: Chip Brewster Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Summer days filled with baseball games and outdoor fun are gone for the time being as groups cancel activities due to the heat. Empty playgrounds aren't the only indicators of high temperatures.

The sprinklers they are a' running. After several days of glaring sun and little to no rain many lawns and landscaping throughout the Stateline are showing the weather wear. For Chris Haley that's unacceptable.

"I just put a lot of work into it so I'm not going to let it go to waste for five or six days," says Haley.

Chris has been working on her landscape for about five years. While the rest of us may not put in as much effort most of us still have lawns to worry about. Any tips?

"For the yard right now, for the grass, I'm watering it every third day just to keep it green right now," says Haley.

"Also when you're cutting your grass, leave it to a height of about three inches. This helps to retain some of the moisture," says Rockford Water Division Head Tim Holdem.

Grass isn't the only thing being killed off by the heat wave. Numerous outdoor activities are getting the ax -- at least until the heat passes.

Horseback riding at Lockwood Park, FIRE Track and Field and NFL cheer and flag football are just a few that have been canceled.

While former participants are urged to stay indoors for Chris a little time in the sun is necessary.

"My hydrangeas and stuff, they wouldn't make it. I'd have to start over from scratch so there are some things that are worth it. Hopefully it cools up soon huh?"

Rockford Park District's Time 2 Play Summer Playground events have also been changed but not canceled. Those enrolled are instead taking a field trip to the movies for a showing of Cars 2.


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  • by Diane on Jul 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    I know the heat is getting to alot of ppl....even the kids....everything & most of e1 is suffering cuz of this high heat...I love summer...but can we gwet a little bit of a break ? Plz....some of us have to worry about what our electric & water bills r gonna look like...so we have to limit our use on the water & the AC....wish it wasn't this way...but this is reality.
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