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Thursday Rain Should Help Lawns and Gardens in Kent County, Del.

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Lawns and gardens across Kent County, Del. are in need of a good rain. (Photo: WBOC) Lawns and gardens across Kent County, Del. are in need of a good rain. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - It's been about three weeks since the last time it rained in Kent County. That's taking a toll on grass, shrubs and flowers across the area.

There is some relief in sight. The area is expecting rain within the next 24 hours, and it could be a pretty significant dousing. Most places will get at least half an inch of rain. Some will get even more. That would go a long way to quenching the thirst of plants all over the county.

"I'm mowing my lawn as I normally do every Wednesday," said Mary Wright, who lives in Dover. "It takes me about an hour and 15 minutes."

The lawn in front of Wright's home in Dover actually looks pretty green.

"My husband, he's hard at work out here all the time. And we also have an irrigation system. That helps with it being so dry."

But other lawns aren't so lucky. There are brown patches growing in many spots.

Jay Millman is an assistant manager at Ronny's Garden World in Smryna. He says the recent weather has been tough on lawns and gardens.

"The biggest impact has been in flowering trees and shrubs and vegetable crops, garden crops," he said. "There's really been some die back. Flowers have not be as plentiful. It's all a result of the lack of water and heat we've seen over the past few weeks."

He's hoping meteorologists are right about the impending rain.

"It'll make a world of difference. Homeowners are going to not have to water this weekend and can actually spend some time cleaning up the yards."

Wright is looking for a little sky-sent assistance, too.

"We need some rain, because there are still brown areas. Only God's water makes it work," she said.

Millman says a good amount of rain Thursday would also help protect plants if we have another heat wave before the summer ends.

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