Dry Season Affects Iowa Homeowners
By Nadia Crow, Reporter.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- A dry spring takes its toll on Eastern Iowa gardens and lawns. Instead of enjoying Father’s Day, many pulled out the water hoses and soaked their land in much needed water.
Filling-up a watering pot is an all too familiar task for Eastern Iowans contending with a lack of rain. Robert Olson’s worried about his tomatoes and cucumbers.
“A lot of water and a little fertilizer when I planted in the spring and just water it every other day or so,” said Robert Olson from Cedar Rapids.
But the same can’t be said about Olson’s lawn which would cost him an extra 200 bucks to keep it wet.
“The yard, I don’t touch it because I can’t afford the water bill,” said Olson.
It’s a two-headed dragon for Michelle Hills’ lawn.
“One side of my house is a little bit more in shade the plants are gorgeous and the other side not so much,” said Michelle Hills from Cedar Rapids.
On the shady side, Hills plans to give friends pieces of her full, vibrantly green hosta. But where the sun beats down on other plants drying up the soil, the color turns yellow and flowers die.
“I don’t think it’s responsible to constantly be watering, but at the same time, I don’t want things to die off,” said Hills.
Both Hills and Olson agree, it’s too hard to predict what the rest of the season has in store.
“There ain’t much you can do with it. Whatever it decides it’s been spotty this year,” said Olson.
A lack of rain is what most people TV9 spoke with said they’ll deal with considering about four years ago the city was dealing with too much water.
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