High heat drying business for landscape industry

AUSTIN (KXAN) – It’s a good bet that most, if not all, of Central Texas will want some rain in the earliest forecast. But this is especially true for those in the landscape and lawn care industry like Chile Navarro.

Navarro and her husband have owned Good Neighbor Lawn and Landscape in Austin for 15 years. She said that this summer, there are fewer calls due to water restrictions across the region.

“We used to get about 20 calls a day and right now we are getting about five to six calls a day,” Navarro said.

For the projects he has, Navarro said that clients want to go all out with grass and rocks.

“For the next two weeks, we don’t have rock, cactus, agave, all that,” Navarro said.

George Tovar, owner of Picture Perfect Lawn, is in a similar situation.

“Every summer gets dry, but not so bad. It is taking a toll,” Tovar said.

He said most of his clients are also in the market for xeriscaping, a type of landscaping that reduces or completely removes the need for water.

Image of a front yard in Georgetown with xeriscaping.
Tovar and Navarro both said that xeriscaping is a technique used mostly in dessert seasons like Arizona and Nevada.

“Here these plants will basically survive from very little water to almost zero water,” Tovar said.

Both Navarro and Tovar said they don’t expect business to pick up anytime soon. So for now, they’ll wait until they get what they desperately need.

“We need rain!” Navarro said.

Starting tomorrow, another city in Central Texas will be under water restrictions.

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Buda City will enter Phase 1 drought protection measures. The city said it aims to reduce 10% of its total water use.