Drought, constant use damages grass at Klyde Warren Park

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by SEBASTIAN ROBERTSON

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Posted on May 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 20 at 2:19 PM

DALLAS -- Staff at Klyde Warren Park are calling it a good problem to have -- the grass has been "loved to death."

Constant use of the grass combined with drought conditions are causing crews to tear out the lawn and replace it with fresh sod.

The west side of the park will be closed for a few weeks.

The park has survived and thrived through it's inaugural year in Dallas. The grass hasn't.

The lawn at Klyde Warren isn't alone. Residents across Dallas have watched their lawns turn from green to brown, and despite the warmer weather, they're staying brown.

"There are a lot of factors caused by this cold that have set our lawns back," said Bryan Hutson of Calloway's Nursery.

Hutson attributes the historic drought combined with a late winter freeze as the culprit behind the dead lawns.

"It can be warm during the day, but if the night is cool and remains cool, then that soil is not increasing in temperature like it normally would this time of year, with warmer nights and warmer days," Hutson said.

Combine those factors with constant use, and the lawn didn't have a fighting chance.

But replacing dead spots could become more difficult. Hutson, isn't calling it a shortage, but does say that sod suppliers are struggling with the drought, as well.

As for Klyde Warren Park, it's privately owned. They won't say how much it cost to rip out the grass and start over, but they are saying it's more than they would have liked to spend to replace the grounds.

E-mail srobertson@wfaa.com

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