Here's what ISU Horticulturist Richard P. Jauron had to say about this summer's weed crop in response to a question from The News-Herald:
"Many weeds are more drought tolerant than Kentucky bluegrass. The Kentucky bluegrass stopped growing and went dormant (turned brown) this summer because of the hot, dry weather. However, the drought tolerant weeds continued to grow. Since it wasn't necessary to mow the lawn, some weeds got large and became quite conspicuous.
"The weeds can be pulled. (Weeds are best pulled after a good rain. It's often difficult to pull weeds when the ground is dry.) They can also be cut off with a nylon string trimmer or lawn mower."
Tama City Council members Steve Baier and Kenny McAdoo reported Monday some residents are allowing weeds to grow along the curb line and into the street. It wasn’t hard to spot the growth which the drought has contributed to. Grass and weeds along the street property lines are the responsibility of adjoining property owners City Attorney Dan Rahtjen said.