Conditions in the region were dry last fall, the winter lacked normal snowfall amounts, and now some areas of Massachusetts have extensive rainfall deficits for 2016. August was among the warmest on record in many areas, and the heat has only exacerbated the challenges for landscape care.
For an update on drought conditions in Massachusetts, refer to the U.S. Drought Monitor at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?MA
To this end, the following are a collection of fact sheets from UMass Extension on the subject of water and water conservation in the landscape:
Landscape professionals and homeowners alike are further advised that many Massachusetts communities have water use restrictions in place at this time. A current map can be found at