Keep Midland Beautiful Offers Third Class on Tree Survival

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - With no relief from this drought in sight, residents are doing all they can to save what's left of their yards.

On Saturday, the folks at Keep Midland Beautiful gave them some advice on how to do that.

"I'm having lots of trouble with my yard," Midland Resident, Dow Scott, said. "I need to get it back like it was, I used to have a really nice yard last year."

Scott has lived in Midland since 1942. He said back then, grass was definitely greener on the other side, but he has just two words to describe his yard now.

"Brown, dying," Scott said. "It's hard to remember way back then but this is the worst I've seen it in many years."

So to help people help their land, Keep Midland Beautiful is offering free classes on tree keeping and saving your yard during these tough times.

"You can get your yard back in a year at the most, but trees, it's going to take decades," Urban Forrester, Randy Myers, said.

Myers said his job has been affected by the drought.

"It's been two or three months that they told me I had to stop planting," he said.

He says even with water restrictions, it's still possible to maintain your yard and trees.

"Mulching which is really the key to keeping the moisture that you're using there," Myers said.

This is the third class KMB has put on for the public.

"The first one was a huge response," Myers said. "We had 135 people and we actually had to turn some away because there wasn't any standing room."

Robert Gray said his cottonwood and pecan trees are suffering so he came to the class looking for answers.

"I don't know if I'm watering it too much or not enough or if I need a little fertilizer," he said.

Myers said they'll keep offering the classes but he'll be hoping for some relief in the meantime.

"This is a phenomenal drought," he said. "It's unheard of, but like I said, the water restrictions are going to be here for a while because it doesn't look like we're going to be getting enough rain anytime soon."