Every year Texans are faced with the same two problems; high temperatures and a lack of precipitation, two conditions not conducive to lawn care. The cost to maintain our lawns also increases due to these conditions, but there are ways to save water and money and still continue to have a healthy lawn. The best time to water is early in the morning. Apply enough water to wet the soil to a depth of four to six inches. A soil probe or an ordinary screwdriver can be used to measure. One to one and a half inches is usually sufficient. Use a sprinkler that emits larger drops of water, close to the ground to reduce evaporation. Determine how much your water sprinkler produces. Set three to five cans around the sprinkler at various distances. Run the sprinkler for 30 minutes. Calculate the average amount of water in the cans to determine the amount of water your lawn will receive in an hour. Do not cut the grass too short. Longer blades help retain moisture in the soil, which means less evaporation, and root stress. Contact the Hickory Underground Water Conservation District for more information or to to www.hickory-uwcd.org.