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Cary Homeowners Will Have To Wait A Year To Re-Establish Lawns

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CARY, N.C. — People who live in Cary need to get used to living with water restrictions. The town is already talking about plans for the fall.

Cary's water supply, Jordan Lake, has fallen 1 1/2 feet in the last week. That is bad news for people who have been waiting to resow their lawns next month.

"We are in a 100-year drought, and the ground is extremely dry. It is a bad idea for people to even be thinking about re-seeding," said Jennifer Platt, Cary water conservation manager.

This fall, Cary will not offer water exemptions to start a new lawn or reseed an old one. Homeowners will have to wait until fall 2003 to re-establish their lawns, unless they try something else.

"Ideally, we'd like people to look at warm-season lawns which can be planted in April, May, June, July and throughout the summer, cause they're extremely drought tolerant," Platt said.

The most common warm season grasses are St. Augustine, Bermuda, Zoysia and Centipede.

In the meantime, relief is nowhere in sight and more restrictions may be coming.

"The state climate office predicts no relief through October in terms of the weather, so we're just having to really closely monitor our situation," Platt said.

If the drought continues through the winter, the watering exemptions for planting warm season grasses in the spring will be pulled as well.