Watering during a drought begins with setting priorities

  • This July 22, 2016 photo, of a drought-stressed yard near Langley, Wash., shows a lawn gone dormant in the background while the mulch-covered perennials in the foreground thrive. Mulch serves as a protective layer for the soil, keeping water in and weeds and some disease out. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Homeowners know that irrigation is a necessary but never-ending task for gardens and the overall landscape. But watering priorities change drastically during a drought. Conservation prevails over plant care, and can trigger expensive and in some cases emotional losses.