Nurseries Face Drought Challenges



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 3, 2014

"The last two years I think things have started to come back," says Chris Zanobini, President of the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers. "But there is a lot of concern given the water situation that we're facing right now."

Zanobini says warmer-than-usual winter weather has boosted sales for now...and nurseries are already seeing a shift in consumer demand to drought-tolerant ground cover and succulents. 

"Definitely there are opportunities to promote California natives and drought resistant plants," says Zanobini. "But there is also information that we need to get out about how to just manage what you currently have and making sure your irrigation is effective."

One way to do that, Zanobini says, is to use mulch, which can reduce water evaporation by up to 40 percent.

Many nursery owners were hit hard in previous droughts and worry about a similar fate as water districts limit or ban outdoor watering.

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