Landscape company keeping lawns green during extreme drought
Jesse Ritka reports Video by 620wtmj.comvideo
OCONOMOWOC - Some lawns in southeast Wisconsin look a bit greener than others, even when many communities have watering restrictions in place.
Lisa Schultz works for Landworks Landscape Services and tells TODAY'S TMJ4's Jesse Ritka everyone's landscape has been suffering this year, "The heat is definitely drying up the ground, lack of rain, so we have to water longer."
Because of the drought, watering bans and watering restrictions, many lawns, trees and shrubs are already yellow or brown. But some people are finding ways to keep the green grass growing and the green leaves on the trees.
"We're staying busy; our watering services have been busier now that we've experienced the drought," Schultz says.
But Landworks doesn't just use water from the garden hose; they are bringing water to customers who chose to import it. "We have three water trucks, some of the areas we have received more clientele due to the watering bans, so we are trying to help anyone in any way, shape or form to keep their plants and landscaping alive," Schultz says.
Each tank on Landworks' trucks can hold 200 gallons of water that gets soaked up quickly in this hot and dry weather, Schultz says some of the sites she waters use more than 5,000 gallons of water in a single day.
Many people have given up on their lawns completely Schultz explains, but adds that the focus has shifted to saving their plants, trees and shrubs.
Even older trees are in need of water with the extreme drought conditions. Landworks has a special deep root watering system that they place two to three feet in the ground around the tree to deliver water right to the roots.
"That way you're doing more of an advance stage watering versus watering on the surface. If you water on the surface, it takes longer for the water to get down to the bulb of the tree, so you're wasting time and water," Schultz explains.
And while the water in the tanks may keep your lawn and your plants a little more green, it will also cost you a bit more green.