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Water Expert: Don't Plant Anything New Until Next Fall

Posted December 15, 2007 6:44 p.m. EST
Updated December 15, 2007 8:47 p.m. EST

— Saturday night’s rain won’t solve the drought, but every little bit helps. With several inches needed, the impact remains widespread, including businesses which thrive off growing plants and green lawns.

Like other areas in the triangle, Raleigh rainfall amounts are down nearly 10 inches this year. How local leaders respond affects Michael Curtis.

“My job is green grass and plant material,” Curtis said.

His landscaping business should be blooming. Curtis said plantings this time of year require little water and make lawns look beautiful in the spring.

All that is a tough sell next to what local leaders are being told in meetings with water experts.

“No one should be planting anything next spring. I would not plant anything new until fall, and don’t expect to water next year,” said water expert Sydney Miller.

“People freak out when they hear things like that,” Curtis said.

Governor Mike Easley is calling for an emergency meeting of the Drought Management Advisory Council next Thursday to discuss what to do if the drought worsens.