Summer Lawn Care
William D. Jones, MD, serves as an independent occupational and preventive care specialist in Oklahoma City, OK. In his free time, William D. Jones, MD, enjoys maintaining the lawn of his Oklahoma (OK) home.
During the summer months, heat and dry conditions can combine with overuse to threaten the health of a lawn. Regular watering is one of the most effective actions a homeowner can take to keep his or her lawn healthy, though this must happen consistently. A rain guage can help the owner to ensure that the lawn receives an inch or more of water per week, though it is important that delivery of this moisture occur at regular intervals and early enough in the day that it does not evaporate in the heat.
A lawn does need mowing as it continues to grow, though the homeowner should take care not to cut it too short. Tall grasses more effectively absorb sunlight and maintain healthy moisture levels in the hot summer days. When mowing does become necessary, the blades should be at the mower’s highest setting, and clippings should be distributed across the grass as a natural fertilizer.
Homeowners should remove leaves and other debris from the lawn, however, as they can damage the soil. Areas of the lawn that seem damaged may respond to seeding, though doing so too often can do more harm than good. Watering a browned area of the lawn is also inadvisable, as it is unlikely to be effective, though these areas often heal themselves as the weather becomes cooler.
William D. Jones, MD, has maintained a private practice in OK since 1994. Outside of the office, he pursues a diverse range of interests that includes Irish Setters. William D. Jones, MD, serves as the dog-show secretary of the Irish Setter Club of Central OK, a member club of the Irish Setter Club of America.
Irish Setter Club of America members and members clubs must comply with several principles set forth by the club. They must take good care of their dogs as well as those entrusted to their care, maintaining high standards of cleanliness and health. Members must also learn about the breed and use the information they learn to breed healthy, well-tempered animals. Members who participate in breeding activities and sell animals must provide accurate written records of the health and pedigree of all dogs.
As part of their duty to the overall health of the breed, members should avoid selling to wholesalers, research laboratories, or retailers. They should also take precautions to prevent animals likely to pass on hereditary defects from breeding.
Throughout his career as a self-employed physician in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, has established himself as a dedicated occupational and preventive medicine specialist. Aside from his work in medicine, William D. Jones, MD, serves as the dog show secretary for the Irish Setter Club of OK.
Easily recognized by its silky red coat and long ears, the Irish setter is a truly unique breed. Irish setters have fun-loving, playful personalities that lend themselves to an extremely affectionate temperament. As puppies, Irish setters are highly intelligent and independent, albeit somewhat mischievous. A notably slow-maturing breed, Irish setters remain puppies for much longer than most breeds. However, they housetrain extremely quickly and are receptive to training.
As adults, Irish setters are naturally clean and enjoy being with people as much as possible. Not necessarily aggressive as a breed, Irish setters are large, high-energy animals enjoy greeting people enthusiastically and require ample exercise. Originally bred for hunting, Irish setters have a tendency to wander, following their noses long distances. Thus, they require a well-fenced yard for exercise.