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Dry, Dry, Dry... Resources for Landscapers

September 6, 2016

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

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:

Long-term drought effects on trees and shrubs

Drought tolerant plants for the landscape

Drought tolerant perennials

Drought tolerant annuals and perennials

Efficient outdoor watering

Indoor and outdoor residential water conservation checklist

Managing soil structure for water conservation in the landscape

The role of the irrigation audit in water conservation

Trickle Irrigation

Turf irrigation and water conservation

Maximizing irrigation efficiency and water conservation

Turfgrass response to water deficits

Water conservation for landscape turf

Xeriscaping for Massachusetts

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