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Old 05-06-2010, 06:37 AM
 
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When is it going to rain?
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:31 AM
 
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I sure hope we don't have a repeat of last year's weather.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:52 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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LCRA is predicting a "mild drought" this year. The long-term weather pattern has shifted and the rains of the last six months are gone! May is normally a fairly rainy month but it doesn't look like it will be this year.

I have held off watering the lawn but it looks like I might have to break down soon.
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Pflugerville
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Sort of scared about this. April was not very wet, if May is Dry too, it will definately be a repeat of last year.

I am xeriscaping in my next house.
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:28 PM
 
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Ugh, the ground in my yard is cracking already
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:44 PM
 
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Wow. Just came in from hand watering my front lawn. (It's not my watering day.) Noticed how the grass has become a crispy blue. Thinking the same thing about xeriscaping the yard. St. Augustine requires too much maintenance in the bone dry brutal summer climate here in the "A"...
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:23 PM
 
Location: 78717
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People say that we should water deeply (~1 inch) once a week.
Is it applicable to St Augustine?

Can you keep weekly watering for the hotest days in mid-summer?
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Pflugerville
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People say that we should water deeply (~1 inch) once a week.
Is it applicable to St Augustine?

Can you keep weekly watering for the hotest days in mid-summer?
Till the city stops you.

I was always told that if you water everyday, it encourages shallow root growth, which is bad. Better to water once every 3 to 4 days, and give it a good deep drink. But towards July, we won't be able to do that anymore because of restrictions.
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Bermuda does better in hot, drought conditions. Goes dormant and then perks up again with rains. I realize though that some live in HOA's that don't allow dormant but the yellow doesn't bother me...no mowing !!!

I curse it when it grows where I don't want (veggie patch) but not too loud as it lasts through this tough Texas weather and always comes back like a champ.
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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My front yard is already browning, but that's because it was 90% wood sorrel and I guess it couldn't take the dry heat. The previous owners are to thank for the incredible amount of weeds, but I'm not sure I'll put in the effort to install any sort of grass out front to replace it, kinda liked the 3 seasons of green clover look. There's some kind of thin bladed grass (buffalo? bermuda?) that fills in the rest of the yard and it's still green.
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