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Stage 3 Water Restrictions in North Texas

On June 1st 2013, many communities across North Texas entered Stage 3 Water Restrictions. This means you may only run your automated sprinkler system once per week on your assigned day. Also, remember that you may not run sprinkler systems between the hours of 10am and 6pm.

The ongoing drought of the last several years has taken its toll on our urban trees. Many homeowners do not consider their large established trees when making watering decisions in their landscape. Big trees may seem self-sufficient, but they need care and supplemental watering in order to survive drought conditions. Urban trees provide a huge benefit on many levels to city-dwellers. They provided much need shade on our homes and buildings, reducing energy usage (and water usage in the creation of electricity), especially in the summer. Trees prevent soil erosion, cut down on reflected heat from roads, sidewalks and driveways. They are also habitat for our urban wildlife. We simply can’t forget to take care of our trees during the tough Texas summers.

Trees that are stressed from drought become weak; they then can become hazards to your family and property. A weak drought stressed tree is much more likely to succumb to high winds or our strong North Texas storms.

Hereare a few more details on Stage 3 Water Restrictions provided by the City of Plano:

Home owners are still allowed to use drip irrigation and hand watering in addition to their once-weekly sprinkler watering. One sprinkler watering per week is typically adequate for most established shrubs and trees, but it has to be deep enough to be effective. Established landscapes typically need the equivelant of about 1″ of rainfall per week. While you may have been accustomed to watering several times per week for say 15 or 20 minutes, that type of watering schedule can actually be detrimental to landscapes because the watering is so shallow. Less frequent, longer waterings are best.

You may also use soaker hoses or drip irrigation to water trees and new plantings on any day of the week for up to two hours, within a 10-foot radius of the main trunk. This is a very important tool to keep your large shade trees healthy and vigorous, or to make sure newly planted trees establish properly.

Give us a call at 214.528.2266 or 817.581.4502 or CONTACT US online today for a complementary consultation and a plan to keep your urban trees healthy.

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