Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's The Drought

It has been pretty historic.
In a typical year, hay can be a kind of agricultural afterthought, a humdrum staple of country life that is as plentiful as it is affordable. But the historic drought that has devastated much of Texas has transformed these simple bales of dried grass into some of the most sought-after goods in the state. The worst one-year drought in Texas history has produced a statewide hay shortage that has more than doubled the price of large round and small square bales, forcing many ranchers to sell or even abandon all of their cattle and horses because they cannot afford to feed them.
A relative visited last night for the Keyrose Halloween festivities, and before she got through the front door, she made a comment about my front yard.  She said something to the effect of, "what happened to all your plants?"  While I appreciate the fact that she's noticed my landscaping in the past, I had to remind her that Texas' drought really did a number on my plants.

My grass was wiped out, and a couple of bushes dried up.  On one hand, it's a good thing because it gives me a chance to rework, and rethink my landscape design.  On the other, it's bad because I don't think people will change their habits to be more water-wise. 

People just expect Laredo to be hot and they don't adapt as far as water use is concerned.

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