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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois

Looking Back at the Drought

Posted by Ron Wolford -

As we get closer to the end of another year, many of us often take the time to reflect back on the events of the past year. Horticulturally, the most important event of the 2005 growing season was the drought.

I have been a part of the Chicago gardening scene for almost 22 years and I can not remember a dry spell starting so early in the growing season and continuing through the fall. As of late November, we are still several inches behind in rainfall in northeast Illinois.Many lawns went dormant and numerous Chicago suburbs imposed watering restrictions.

The effects of this summers drought will be evident for years. Many trees and shrubs may slowly die as a result of drought damage. Homeowners may want to plant moredrought resistant native plants in the future.

Check the Illinois State Water Survey's website for information on the 2005 drought and current drought conditions.

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