Ways to Diminish the DroughtAugust 10, 2012 No Comments
More than half the United States is currently in some stage of drought. This is the largest percentage of affected area since December 1956. Although there is no clear cut way to defeat this drought going on in the Midwest, there are steps we all can take to realizing our current resources and not wasting them.
- After having that summer barbecue, be careful of where to throw the hot coals. Try to avoid leaving hot coals at the base of trees.
- Unlike lawns which only need a brief but frequent watering, trees require a slow, thorough soaking at least once a month. If you want to water a tree, concentrate on the radius from the tree trunk to the tips of the tree branches. Water is absorbed by the tree’s roots from 6 to 12 inches beneath the soil.
- Appling a little bit of mulch around root zones of trees and plants can make a big difference. As little as 2 to 4 inches of mulch minimizes evaporation of soil moisture as well as protects trees from mowers and weed trimmer damage.
- Be aware of how much water you use on a daily basis. High quantities of water are used for unnecessary things like washing cars and long showers. It is easy to conserve water by simply washing things only when you feel is absolutely necessary. Washing the dishes only once a week instead of three times could potentially save a lot of water.
After becoming more aware of the current drought, we all can take certain precautions to help the environment. You can see how much water you consumer by checking out this interactive infographic: http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1204/your-daily-dose-of-water/flash.html
Can you think of more things we should be doing during this dry time? Let us know!
Written by: Katie Coughlan
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