It’s pretty rare Iowans feel outdoor temperatures in the 60s during mid-December. It’s also rare to see anyone out with a garden hose watering their lawns at this time of year — but it could be a smart thing to do, according to one expert. Richard Jauron , a horticulturist at the Iowa State University Extension, says newer plants might be desperate for a drink as they haven’t had time to establish deep roots.Some Iowa cities have gone more than 30 days with -no- measurable rainfall. That, in combination with the recent unseasonably warm weather and the winds are drying plants out. Jauron says it’s not just plants that need a little moisture, but the yard may need some too, especially if it’s new turf.Jauron says there would normally be concern about watering anything outside at this time of year, but he says as long as the ground isn’t frozen, the plants can absorb the moisture.Several Iowa cities set new record high temperatures on Sunday, including Ottumwa with 59 degrees and Atlantic with 64. Forecasters say temperatures may be back in the 50s for highs on Wednesday.
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