Stage IV water restrictions

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This border of sun-loving native perennials and grasses still looks good despite a summer of drought.

Except for June, we’ve had unusually low rainfall for every month of this growing season: less than 2″ per month, when our normal monthly rainfall is 4-5″. Ridgewood Water, the small company that serves Glen Rock, Ridgewood, and a couple of other local towns, has just imposed Stage IV water restrictions, which means pretty much no watering at all. All the more reason to plant native plants in future. Once well established, properly situated native plants can stand up to normal drought cycles without supplemental watering.

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A wider view of the same border. The little bluestem (grass) shows particularly lovely color this year, but the asters are not as floriferous as usual, and some species are blooming late.

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