Nebraska landscapes are not doing well in this drought

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trees and drought(NBC Nebraska)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (Press Release) - Drought is pretty common in Nebraska, and the further west we go, the drier it gets. The central and western parts of the state experiencing significant drought every 5 to 7 years. With this being a reoccurring issue how can we prepare our landscapes for these challenges?

Here are some tips to increase drought tolerance:

1. Mulch with 2-3″ layer of wood or other organic compost around trees and in planting beds to help absorb and retain moisture, reduce soil temperature and protect trees from mower or weedier damage.

2. Pick the right plants with an emphasis on regional natives.

3. Plant trees and shrubs together in groups where they can more easily be mulched and cared for.

4. Limit high-input turf grass to where it is truly needed.

5. Think healthy soil. The more organic matter it has, the healthier and more drought-tolerant it is.

6. Design and manage irrigation systems so they’re used only when needed.

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