Central Texas is currently experiencing the worst drought in more than 50 years, and for many locals, the dry conditions are turning into a growing threat to their livelihood.
Dan Wegand with the Ridgewood Country Club in Waco says he’s concerned about how much more his golf course can take.
“We’re just really concerned about this drought. We’ve minimized our irrigation practices all summer long to survive the drought the best we could and we’re concerned about the long term,” he said.
Texas turf growers represent a $7 billion industry. Landscapers, gardeners and other growers have all been hit by the current drought.
“We are going through a historic drought. We are rethinking the plant materials we use in a landscape,” State Turf Grass Specialist David Chalmers said.
The City of Waco hosted a seminar to give landscape water users new strategies to cope with the drought. Recent studies show that many types of lawn turf and grasses can be highly drought resistant if watered properly.
“We need to get the education out there on how people can put measured amounts of water on their landscape for a predictable kind of quality,” Chalmers said.
One tool presented at the meeting was the Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension website which calculates daily water needs for different kinds of crops and turf.