Conditions in the region were dry last fall, the winter lacked normal snowfall amounts, and now some areas of Massachusetts have a rainfall deficit in excess of 6 inches for 2016. The heat that has now settled in has only exacerbated the challenges for landscape care. Almost 30% of Massachusetts (a band from eastern Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties across Worcester County through Middlesex & Essex counties) is now classified as “Severe Drought”.
For resources from UMass Extension on drought conditions in Massachusetts and water conservation and management in the landscape, go to:
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