Drought takes toll on yards

POSTED: Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 4:11pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Even with the light rain Thursday and last week's storms, the drought is here to stay.

Fox 44 rode along with local landscapers to see what the drought has done to our yards.

Landscaper Colt Houck sees signs of the drought everyday.

"I've seen a lot of dry dirt."

While there's been some rain, Houck says it's not enough to heal dry fields and yards.

"Your rain only gets about 6 inches, maybe a foot deep at the most. Even on the rain we had last week," says Houck.

He says it's not always easy to see the effects a drought has on your plants unless you look very closely. Brown tips on your leaves can be a sign of the drought.

That's why landscapers say it's up to homeowners to pick up the slack if you want to stay green.

"You're going to want to hand water with a hose whether you turn it on about a quarter of the way, and just let it sit out there for about 30 to 45 minutes," says Houck.

Part owner of Westview Nursery, Greg Houck has been working with plants for 40 years and has dealt with his share of droughts.

"It's best to go ahead and fertilize your shrubs and grass. Try to keep it as healthy as possible," says Houck. "It will take less water if you can keep it healthy, and you're going to need to water a little more often, especially on grass."

The drought is expected to continue and possibly get even worse.


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