It’s mid-summer, Panhandle temperatures rise and both the landscape and drought map begin to turn yellow and gold. According to the Drought Monitor, Scotts Bluff County is now experiencing abnormally dry conditions.
The water we use now greatly affects the supply we have in the future – especially if drought conditions spread and continue. Scottsbluff’s water system relies on groundwater pumped through wells, instead of surface water, which replenishes very slowly. Dry or drought conditions cause less regeneration of the ground water supply. Please use water wisely and conservatively.
1. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running water through the tap until it’s the right temperature can waste several gallons of potable water.
2. Leftover ice cubes from your drink? Give them to a houseplant, it provides a nice slow watering.
3. When the kids want to run in the sprinkler, set the sprinkler where the lawn needs it most.
Many lawns are over-watered leading to root rot, shallow-rooted plants and the spread of fungal growth on the grass. Horticulturists agree that lawns should get no more than 1 inch of water per week, including rainfall. An empty can placed on your lawn can be used to measure accumulation and moisture sensors attached to automated systems can help prevent over watering.
Drip and emitter systems conserve water by regulating volume, velocity, and direction of water flow. Plants can be targeted with a slow steady specific quantity of water using drip tubes or emitters. This prevents over watering and watering where not needed. And the systems are discreet, designed to function effectively while lying under a layer of mulch.
Memorial Weekend officially launches summer fun season which often includes water games and activities. The water doesn’t have to go waste. Play water games on the lawn or in the pool so that the aftermath simply waters the lawn fills or trickles back to the pool.
Keep water from evaporating or blowing in the wind by using a sprinkler that produces large drops of water and send droplets out at a low angle. Adjust sprinkler heads as necessary, to avoid waste, runoff and ensure proper coverage.
Nebraska is home of Arbor Day, which we celebrate this Friday. See just how much work trees do!
2016 Wildflower Week is Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 12
Nebraska Statewide Arboretum serves as coordinator for statewide Wildflower Week activities, bringing together organizations and individuals across the state who recognize the value of wildflowers—not only for their beauty but also for what they imply and symbolize. For more events statewide: http://arboretum.unl.edu/wildflower-week
Thursday, June 2nd
- 10:00 AM –Noon Great Plants Planting – 2975 Country Club Road, Gering
- 1:00-3:00 PM: Legacy of the Plains – Plant ID Presentation
- Sandra Reddish, Executive Director for Legacy of the Plains
5:00 -7:00 PM Charlie Fenster Memorial Tree Planting – East end of Northfield Arboretum Postponed until Fall (as of 5/20/2016)
Friday, June 3rd
- 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Downtown Arboretum Tour, Public Invited. Meet at Lot 3, Across from West Nebraska Arts Center
- 11:00 – Noon @ Godfathers The Garden Coffee Break – with Bob Henrickson and Justin Evertson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
- Please arrive a few minutes early to get your buffet meal and proceed to the meeting room
- 30 minute NSA presentation
- 30 minute tour of Well House
- Aulick’s TLC
- 3:00-4:00 pm –Aulick’s TLC Great Plants for the Great Plains Planting Demonstration – a discussion of plant choices and placement to help add western beauty to the home landscape. Outdoor activity.
- 4:00-5:00 pm: Landscape and Garden Plants for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects: Walk the greenhouse to learn how different plants attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.
- 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Wildcat Wildflower Nature Hike with possible Shooting Range Plant Demo
Saturday, June 4th
- 9:00 AM – Noon Chadron State College planting project, 1000 Main Street. Contact: Lucinda Mays at email@example.com
- 1-2pm campus tour, 1000 Main Street. firstname.lastname@example.org