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Threat of Drought!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GrassesGuy, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. GrassesGuy

    GrassesGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    Been pretty rainy the last few seasons where I am. What about everyone else? You remember the last drought or in one now? Please share any thoughts and what it did to you.
  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,896

    Have to get rid of the snow first to see if there will be a drought:)

    But in all reality, what is the worse case scenario for a mow guy. Late spring/snow out, followed by below avg temps in spring and below avg precip. Drought in the summer. Early freeze up in the fall. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
  3. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Posts: 4,137

    i heard reports that mn is going to be hotter than normal. also heard it may be wetter than normal too
  4. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    The best thing to do is leave nothing on the table april, may, and june. Being in a weather related business, it's an absolute must to go at it full speed ahead for the first 3 months, no slacking at all.
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,896

    You know there are truth to these words. Go like crazy first 3 months of season. Cause July, Aug and be tough months to deal with.
  6. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Posts: 4,231

    Yes, the weatherman really has a clue what will happen this summer. Remember a week ago the cities was going to get 12 to 20"s Wednesday now its 2 to 4"s. Yep they have a clue where the weather will be. Sounds like you will get it good now though.
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  7. Not a worry in Florida. If we aren't getting a downpour the sprinkler system creates one!
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  8. ncknaklawns

    ncknaklawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 379

    I hate doing my cleanups in August. Maybe this year I will be ahead of the game.
  9. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,064

    In my area, typical rainfall is about 15" or less of rain per year. If it gets less than that and stays that way for more than a year, then there are problems. BWS sets monthly usage limits that are way more severe than mandating every other day watering. I lived through that in the 1980s and again in the 1990's. This year is the first year in my adult life where I am seeing weekly rains at this time of the year. Some landscapes cannot be maintained on water rationing. The other way it affects me is no rain no weeds. The areas I maintain as bare ground will not need treatment if it does not rain for months on end.
  10. Green we are on 2x/week watering here. Like you, I control the system at the clients home. There are some subdivisions where one big irrigation company has all the control and irrigation is set to come on 3x/week no matter what. Makes for fungus issues all summer long given our normal rainfall. It also never surprised me how ignorant a homeowner is with irrigation either. 3-4 times a week is not uncommon to see on a system the homeowner has been messing with.
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