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City water restrictions not necessarily bad for your yard

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The grass is starting to green, flowers are blooming and the City of Lubbock is imposing its annual water restrictions. 

Aubrey Spear is the Director of Water Services for Lubbock. He is one of the people behind the year-round water restrictions. 

"One of our worst enemies is evaporation and so when we're irrigating outdoors, we want people to get the water on the ground and not evaporate into the air, Spear said. "So we're restricted during the day, during the Summer, from April to the end of September to watering between 6 pm, through the night until 10 am the next morning."

Other restrictions include limiting watering your lawn to twice a week and only using 1.5 inches of water each week.

"We're hoping that by doing this year round, perpetually, that we won't ever be in a situation like some of these towns and cities in Texas where they've started running out of water," he said.

These restrictions are not necessarily bad for your lawn though. Alex Scarborough with Tom's Tree Place said they can actually help it look better.

"The number one problem we see with water and plants is it's over watered," Scarborough said. "This is just a good practice to water deeply when you water and then let the soil dry out. Let the oxygen come back into the soil. You don't want to have a muddy soil condition. That's not good for hardly any plant."

He also recommends spreading your watering periods out throughout the night, that way you can let the soil fully absorb what you are putting down. 

If you do forget about the restrictions, Spear said not to worry. 

"We're going to get in contact with them and give them a warning and explain to them and try to help them understand," Spear said. "Make sure they know what they can do to begin to follow the restrictions."

If you would like to learn more about the restrictions you can do so at the City of Lubbock's website.

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