Last year at this time, areas around Omaha were experiencing record flooding. Now, 56 percent of the country is seeing some kind of drought conditions. Fortunately for this area, it’s still in the lowest stage.
Robert Caulk is taking extra precautions at his home. "I've noticed everything's a month ahead, I have a cherry tree a month early, everything is blooming early, so now the yard's drying out early," Caulk said.
He tries to continue to spray down his yard on these hot, dry days. "I just try to maintain it from brownness, is all, I don't over-water. I don't try to anyway, but we have nine trees in the yard so it doesn't require me to water that much, but the edges dry out, so I try to keep those, because once they're gone, it's hard to get them restored," said Caulk.
Caulk waters two or three days a week, which about right according to John Fech, a lawn and garden expert.
"Root systems just naturally shrink, it's just the way God made the plants, so just to be aware of that. We want to keep the entire root system moist, but not soggy,” Fech said.
Drought conditions are not rare in Nebraska. "It really is pretty common, and again it's good and bad and overall I think we think of it as unfortunate, but it is what it is, and we have to deal with it accordingly," Fech said.
Fech says to monitor water levels in the soil. The soil loses about an inch and a half of water a week when there is no rain.