Drought

TexaScapes has modified their normal services to adapt to the drought we’re suffering. Many of their methods are also excellent options for residents to use in their own landscaping!

Stage 3 Water Restrictions for MUD Common Areas

Starting August 1, 2013, the MUD District implemented stage 3 water restrictions. The District’s common areas along Sun Chase, Zeppelin, and Cypress Creek Road (right across the street from CPHS) will be watered according to Cedar Park Commercial Property Irrigation Variance on Monday and Tuesday.

The City of Cedar Park’s Stage 3 policy requires residential water customers in our neighborhood to limit use of water sprinklers to only Wednesday or Thursday (depending on your address). Due to the expansive commercial size of the District’s landscape and irrigation system, the District will water various parts of the common areas on Monday and Tuesday as allowed by the Cedar Park Commercial Property Irrigation Variance.

Therefore, to save water and avoid fines, the District will comply with Stage 3 and the granted variance, and the City approves of and is aware of the District’s Monday and Tuesday irrigation plan. We are hoping for rain so that the landscaping does not suffer during these drought conditions.

TexaScapes Enhanced Service Plan for Extended Drought Periods

Extended drought periods are highly stressful to trees, landscapes, and turf while placing high demands on water and irrigation systems. This situation requires a partial shift in focus and services that potentially minimize the drought effects while preserving the landscape investment and conserving water to a reasonable extent. Our crews are performing the following special services on our clients’ properties:

  1. Routinely hand watering high profile and new trees, landscapes, and color/perennial plantings when and where accessible.
  2. Utilize two 500 gallon Water Wagon Trailers to hand water priority & Heritage size trees where hose bibs are not available or reasonably accessible.
  3. Routinely cultivate mulch and compact soil within beds and tree rings to breakup the heat generated and water repelling crusting;; in addition mulch depth should be maintained between one and two inches to allow reasonable water penetration and soil moisture retention.
  4. Use antirespirants such as Cloud Cover on plant foliage of tolerant varieties to retain minimum internal moisture when and where appropriate.
  5. Till Soil Moist or Terrasorb granules into soil within annual color and perennial planting beds to assist in prolonging soil moisture.
  6. Raise mowing heights one inch above normal mowing heights when the grass variety tolerates such mowing heights and where feasible. Limit mowing to areas that are actively growing or for drought tolerant weed control.
  7. Focus on trimming and removing drought tolerant weedy plants such as: Johnson grass, ragweed, KR Bluestem, Dallisgrass, croton, and poison ivy.
  8. Remove dead plant material from landscape areas and note the locations.
  9. Increase monitoring & repairs of irrigation systems while establishing conservation zones to better utilize the limited available water. Set irrigations systems according to conservation directives by clients.
  10. Treat hot-spots and stressed landscape plants with a solution of seaweed extract, natural soil activator, and/or Superthrive to help relieve heat stress.
  11. Be alert for fire starts, call 911, the office, and use onboard fire extinguisher if safe to do so.