Gardening Still Possible With City Water Restrictions

The city of Lubbock is still under stage 1 water restrictions, but there are still ways to manage your yard while managing your water.
By Ashley Hinson

LUBBOCK, TX --If you take a quick look at the plants for sale at Holland Garden, it's obvious West Texas is suffering a severe drought.

"We have things a little bit different than we normally get," said Cindy Pegues, a horticulturist at Holland Garden.

Under the canopy at their nursery at 3739 50th Street are rows of cacti, yucca and yaupon holly.  Pegues said those type of water-wise plants are your best options during Lubbock's water restrictions.

"Important is planting more wisely and getting plant material that works," said Pegues.  "Stuff that doesn't take as much water and constant care."

The city of Lubbock is still under stage 1 water restrictions:

Landscape irrigation allowed during two assigned days per week.
Irrigation schedules are based on the last digit of the house address:
Addresses ending in 0, 3, 4, or 9 - Monday and Thursday
Addresses ending in 1, 5, or 6 - Tuesday and Friday
Addresses ending in 2, 7, or 8 - Wednesday & Saturday

Pegues said because of those restrictions, if you don't plant smart you might be stuck paying big bucks.

"You should pick plants that need watered one to two times a week," said Pegues.  "You have to make sure that you plant it correctly and water correctly so that it will survive and live so that you won't have to keep doing it over and over."

Pegues also recommends using a generous amount of mulch or potting soil while planting to help keep moisture and conserve water. 

Soaker hoses, drip irrigation, and hand watering are allowed any day at any time.

In addition, on April 1st, the City’s annual water conservation measures begin.  These measures include:

On your scheduled watering days, irrigation is allowed from midnight to 10:00 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.
No irrigation is allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on any day from April 1 to September 30.
Irrigation must be applied without significant runoff.
Irrigate less than 1.5 inches of water per week.
Do not irrigate during precipitation events.
For the past three years, the South Plains has experienced extreme drought conditions.  State climatologists are predicting that 2014 will be another hot, dry year.  Based on the continued drought forecast, the City will remain in Stage 1 drought restriction this summer. 
The City of Lubbock asks that all residents and businesses continue to be considerate and efficient with their water usage in an effort to conserve water and reduce overall demand. 

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