Friday, August 25, 2006

When in drought...

Kill your lawn!!
It's OK to kill your lawn, especially in the interest of saving water, and we really need to save water now. An issue of the e-newsletter Austin water utility conservation program explains how to kill your lawn without causing harm, using products such as mulch and organic vinegar. Right now our lawn (what is left of it is just about half of the front yard) has turned into crispy straw, except in the shade where it is crispy greenish-colored straw. I don't think we've had a real rain since the 4th of July, not at our house anyway, and this heat... whew!! The cacti are loving it though.

People's wells are beginning to dry up, and young trees are dying. I hate that! Trees are very important in a climate like this. We've got a baby live oak, and it's located near the birdbaths so it gets plenty of splash (such dirty birds!! thirsty birds too!). Firefighters are extra troubled too, not just from brush fires but from water main breaks.

Some info links:
LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) Save Water resources
More drought gardening tips from Austin Home & Living Magazine

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Ptelea said...

I've done a pretty good job of killing my lawn this summer or at least making sure it doesn't get enough water to require much mowing. But then along came the rains, making my grass lush and long. Now I have to fix my lawn mower. I hate when that happens.

But you are right - stick with natives and plant native trees - they are worth a little water to get them started.

Blueberry said...

They are worth the water, and so are the drought-resistant trees. I just get really bugged when I see the sprinklers on for that patch of grass next to the road in front of Long John Silvers or the Bank. Nobody even walks through that grass. What a waste of water.