What a great spring it has been. Surf has been up in almost every part of Texas and not always in a good way. Wells Brothers had 40 bags of “dry” on order since March. I’m sure it will show up around the end of July 2016. This year a 55 gal drum is considered an acceptable rain gauge. I knew I should have got the 20,000 gallon rain barrel. You know I was going to plant rice this year, oh well. Ok, that’s most of my too wet jokes.
Just because this is Texas, it will be hot and dry before long. What plants survived the torrent of rain will be fighting for water by mid-July. So now we’ll water with city water and do so in the most efficient way possible. That means drip irrigation. Drip systems are the most precise way to water plants. It is a slow soaking water that gets below the foliage if it’s designed correctly. Click here to read more on low volume irrigation.
At first glance drip systems look intimidating, they’re not. Ok, maybe a little. It takes planning and a little work but the reward is worth the heartache. Wells Brothers has the best drip irrigation systems on the market which is Rain Bird Irrigation. The Gardeners Drip Kit sells for $35.95.
On a wetter note, Lake Lavon is full and most cities have modified there water restriction plans which is a good thing for all concerned. Increasing watering will make our lawns look better and help municipalities with lost revenue the restriction brought. Lake Lavon is full right now but remember to only water when needed and conserve when you can or we will be in the same situation in short order. I never understood why Lake Lavon wasn’t dredged during the drought but I guess it’s better late than never.