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By Eileen Mozinski Schmidt Special to Conley Media To preserve a lawn and land- scaping during dry days, it is best to plan to finish whatever is start- ed. "If you decide to water, you've got to continue during the drought," said Kurt Bartel, chief horticulturist with David J. Frank Landscaping. The company, which serves all of southeast Wisconsin, is head- quartered in Germantown and has several Milwaukee area locations including Brookfield, according to its website. Bartel drew a comparison to fill- ing a bird feeder during the win- ter. Once the feeder is filled with food, it needs to be refilled for the birds depending on it. Likewise, grass that has been watered will require that water source to be maintained, accord- ing to Bartel. "If you start to water and then decide the water bill is too high or you go on vacation and you stop, that is not so good for the lawn," Bartel said. "The lawn has now adapted to the watering. The root system is more shallow. You've C O N T E N T S Contain those plants — and those weeds Screening out the pests of summer while letting in the best of it Staying organized during a home remodel A publication of the Waukesha Freeman and Oconomowoc Enterprise • June 2023 To water or not to water? Photo by Nicci Sternitzky When watering during a dry stretch, a hose or pop up sprinkler at the base of trees and bushes is recommended by Kurt Bartel, chief horticulturalist at David J. Frank Landscaping. See WATER/PAGE 2 Advice for homeowners on caring for landscaping following a recent dry spell

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