With the dry weather and severe lack of rain in West Central Ohio, one of the few green places left is St. Rita's Medical Center. Ground crew leader, Devin Holtzapple, says that's mostly because the center has a staff of four landscapers and the aid of irrigation systems, a well, and a pond full of water to keep plants hydrated.
"Any runoff from the turf comes back to our pond here," said Holtzapple.
And keeping the lawn green is apparently in line with medical studies. Holtzapple cited studies that he says show patients heal faster with a beautiful view.
However, to gain that kind of benefit at home without professional help can be difficult. Rex Mowery of DeHaven Home and Garden Showplace suggests watering twice a day.
The time of day, however, might come as a surprise. Mowery says early morning is good and so is late afternoon but not late into the evening.
"Water lays on the leaves leads to root rot fungus," said Mowery.
Holtzapple has a tip for those using city water. He fills a garbage can with water early in the morning. He says by afternoon the chlorine in the water has evaporated. Also, the water is warm which keeps the flowers from a cold shock from straight tap water.
As for that brownish yellow grass, Mowery says it's not likely not dead. Instead it's in a dormant state waiting for some water.
If there are people who still lack a green thumb even with these tips, the gardens at St. Rita's are always open for those who want a calming view.