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Drought hurting anyone else but me?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by olcllc, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. olcllc

    olcllc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 202

    Total rainfall for April/May = 18 in.

    Total rainfall for June/July = 1 in.

    This is the third consecutive year that the rain has stopped after Memorial day. It's so dry even the crabgrass is brown.
  2. rreyn1812

    rreyn1812 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    Wow, you've gotten a lot of rain! I think in my particular area of central Arkansas I've seen about 1/2 inch since the last week of May. And, only about 1 to 2 inches since the end of March. Man, it is dry here! Mowing?? what's that??
  3. olcllc

    olcllc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 202

    I suspect your soil profile is vastly different than ours... however with that said drought is drought no mater the profile.

    June, July, And August we need at least 1/2 inch of rainfall each week or lawns dry up the next since we have less that 2 in. of topsoil and rock under that. Water holding capacity is non-existant. Cooler temps help but we are in a 30 day run of 95 + temps with heat index over 110. Thats why 18 in. of rain in the spring is useless because it just drains away with all the pre-emergents.
  4. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,535

    We have also been in a severe drought condition. The soil is very sandy here and small rain falls do not help. I did not work yesterday or today because rain finally moved in Sunday night. I'd guess we have recieved a couple inches so far and more rain is in the forecast. Its great relief from the fricken 100+ degree weather.
  5. Hogjaw

    Hogjaw LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    Very few of ours is under irrigation. Mowing every 2 weeks - go to every 3 weeks on non-irrigation after today.

    Crab is even stressed - good thing is that the 2nd day after spotting the crab it starts turning.

    No rain in forecast through next week for us - things are slow.
  6. olcllc

    olcllc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 202

    We will not mow again until substantial rainfall occurs and it's not even August. The crabgrass will likely not go to seed, I suppose that is a plus. September applications are questionable. I will likely be seeding plenty of lawns if the customers can afford it. Have you looked a seed prices lately. They've doubled!

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