According to recent climatologist reports, the drought covering most of Georgia is expanding, and will persist through January. Northeast Georgia is currently in an “exceptional drought” and it’s even worse in the Northwest corner of the state. Lake Lanier is nearly 10 feet below full pool (1,071) as we headed
It’s rare to have such a warm fall and winter drought conditions and taking those two issues into account; making preparations for your landscape during these conditions is very important.
To prepare for these conditions this winter, you will want to trim your large trees and rid them of any dead branches. If the drought continues and we receive significant rain or snow at the beginning of 2017, we will see many downed or uprooted trees. Trimming your trees now will save you some trouble in case of ice or significant rain.
Along with trimming trees, you need to make sure you are watering your lawn and landscape regularly, as long as there are no state mandated water restrictions. This will be important looking to spring 2017.
As the drought continues, we could even see effects well into the spring growing season, even if we do get needed rain in January, February and March. Drought conditions will hinder new growth in your lawn, shrubs, trees and flowers in the spring if you don’t keep a watchful eye on drought conditions and winter weather.
The suggested amount your lawn should be watered is, according to Pro Touch Landscapes Brad Sample, 1″ whether than comes from rain or irrigation.