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Plants, trees not a lost cause just yet

August 30, 2011

No rain, no grass, little to no watering. With all the “nos,” it seems like it might be time to give up on your yard — but no, don't give up hope just yet.

Terri Johansen, owner of Johansen Landscape and Nursery, said the lack of rain and tight water restrictions don't have to put an end to all landscaping. “You can't just give up, which is what some people are doing,” Johansen said. “We have all invested too much time and we need to do what we can to maintain certain things.”

She said with the water restrictions— alloted time for water which is now 3 hours on Tuesdays and 3 hours on Saturdays — it is time to focus on the trees, shrubs and perennials. The trees and shrubs will provide shade, which will in turn serve as an escape from the high temperatures.

“If you lose a 50-year-old oak tree, you lose 50 years and it can't be replaced,” Johansen said. “The trees are important and can help conserve energy. We need to do everything we can to conserve our natural resources, especially in this energy and water crunch.”

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