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Landscaper wants City Council to ease water restriction

WILMINGTON -- Landscaping is big business here in North Carolina -- there are nearly 400 such businesses along the Cape Fear coast. For many the recent drought has lead to layoffs and profit losses. Tuesday one local landscaper will ask the Wilmington City Council to ease the mandatory water restrictions. Don Curtis has been landscaping for 36 years. Tuesday night he will present City Council with ideas that will allow people to irrigate their lawns and still conserve water. He's partnered with local water conservation experts to come up with ideas. The group wants to set up workshops and classes to teach landscapers the proper way to water existing grass and freshly grown grass. He says that watering your lawn should be broken up into stages. Existing grass needs less water, and should only be watered twice a week. New grass needs more. His committee has been meeting regularly, working to figure out a master plan. They hope to have a final proposal to give to council in a few weeks.

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Water restrictions

I can understand businesses wanting to protect their jobs & profits but it's time to change the way landscapers & any other business that requires the use of water continue. Development also requires the use of enormous amounts of water. There should be water restrictions on developers, etc. too. We are in drought conditions in 2/3 of the U.S. and everyone (businesses & people) will need to conserve. If we do not, well I'd rather have drinking & bathing water then for someone to have green grass especially in the winter. Also using native plants & less lawn (xeroscaping) can be an alternative. Some of the lawns that are created around here are definitely not native and looks horrid.


This water restriction is costing allot of people there jobs and livelihood's. I think they need to make exceptions so people don't loose there money and business.