Drought is not something we usually associate with the winter months. But as of today (2/15/18), 70.9% of the state of Georgia is experiencing abnormally dry or drought conditions. That’s more than twice what we saw this time last year, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center maintained by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Despite seemingly frequent fall and winter rains, roughly one-fourth of the state of Georgia is experiencing recent drought conditions significant enough to require water restrictions. Understanding the watering restrictions set forth by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the state Environmental Protection Division is a must for area homeowners to avoid costly fines while protecting your landscape investments, especially as we begin to plan for the 2018 growing season.
- During times of drought, daily outdoor watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants is permitted only between the hours of 4 pm and 10 am by anyone whose water is supplied by a municipal water system. Watering outside of these times can result in fines and citations. ***
- Newly laid sod can be watered as needed without restriction for 30 days after installation. After this period of time, you will be required to follow the 4 pm to 10 am rules. ***
*** These watering restrictions only apply to people using water from municipal sources. If you have a private well on your property, use reclaimed storm water, or recycled gray water, you may water as needed without restriction.
Drought is an ongoing problem in Georgia, and throughout the entire southeast. That is the primary reason why so much research went in to the development of TifTuf™ bermudagrass.
“TifTuf™ sets the new industry standard for sustainability and drought resistance,” explains Aaron McWhorter, President of NG Turf. “Not only does it actually need 38% less water to thrive, it boasts superior wear tolerance, early spring green up, excellent fall color retention, and rapid grow-in rates.”
TifTuf™ has fine, bright green blades and grows rapidly, allowing for faster establishment and quicker recovery from injury. TifTuf™ displays superior insect and disease resistance; grows well in both sun and shade; maintains a healthy appearance even under heavy traffic; and maintains density, color, and vigor while using less water than other varieties. Like all bermudagrasses, TifTuf™ is a warm season turf, going dormant in winter, so TifTuf™ can be harvested and installed year round.
If you are concerned about drought or simply wish to maintain a more sustainable landscape, TifTuf™ bermudagrass is the perfect sod choice for you. Farm-fresh TifTuf™ sod is available today at all NG Turf locations.
The most up to date drought condition information for Georgia (and all 50 states) can be found on the United States Drought Monitor website at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/. You can also reach out to your local Georgia Ag Extension. You can find a directory on our website under the Resources tab at https://ngturf.com/about-us/resources/.