EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, but for much of the Chippewa Valley lawns are looking pretty brown.
With the lack of rain, Western Wisconsin is now back in drought status and more of the state could be by the end of this week.
Brian with Premium Lawn Service in Eau Claire says grass should get about an inch of water per week to stay healthy, but if you total up all of the rain we saw last month it would only be enough to water the grass for a week.
“You look over here at the tomatoes and the beans and everything else we have more than we can handle,” community gardener Brian Keebaugh said.
At the community gardens sprinklers are keeping everything from tomatoes to sunflowers growing as far as the eye can see. But for garden plots that aren’t getting the sprinklers brown leaves are becoming more common.
“It’s rough if we didn't have the water coming in we wouldn't have anything at all,” Keebaugh said.
It’s compost and plenty of water that gardeners say is keeping their plants alive but for lawns that haven’t seen rain for weeks some water is needed, and fast.
“The magic word is water all spring we had tons of water and then we got this drought,” Bryan Tomczak with Premium Lawn Service said.
So if you're lawn is looking brown, Tomczak says there is still hope.
“If people start watering now they can save part of their lawn instead of having to redo the whole lawn next year,” Tomczak said.
“Once you get behind on some of these plants it’s hard to catch up so now is a good time to try and keep that soil moist,” UW- Extension crop and soil educator Jerry Clark said.
Clark says right now it’s not just home owners that are struggling to keep plants green, farmers continue to battle the dry conditions to bring food to your table. And it’s this drought, he says that could lead to more problems down the road.
“We could see retail prices especially anything with a corn base to it increase a little bit if the numbers that the USDA is projecting is a lower than what they think they are,” Clark said.
Clark does say there could be a drop in prices especially for meat in the coming months due to the drought - with farmers selling off cattle to avoid feeding them. He does say he expects the prices to go back up by winter time.