Tough landscaping choices in drought

By Pierre R. Marizco

As the owner of a commercial landscape company, I see a real problem ahead that will require some tough choices. Gov. Jerry Brown has asked us to conserve water by 20 percent. But we are not conserving that much now, and we are actually consuming more this year than previous years, thereby worsening the crisis.

In a typical year, irrigation systems are shut off in October and turned back on in April. In fact, in 2013 here in the North Bay, irrigation systems were not activated until May and into June.

But this is not a typical year; plants and lawns are thirsty now, and are showing stress.

Property owners and managers have responded by turning on their irrigation four months earlier than normal.

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