Getting the water balance right

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Figuring out the details about watering can be kind of a juggling act, but you can at least avoid the extremes. Gardeners know of some classic, telltale signs that an established lawn is crying out for water. Don't let it get to the point of a crisis. Here are the signs that your lawn is a bit parched:

1 When you walk on it or somebody rides a bike over it, the lawn grass shows the marks — that is, it doesn't bounce back.

i The color changes. Once shiny green, the blades now look rather dull; they may even get a smoky, gray-blue color. Yikes!

i You plunge in a stick, screwdriver, or soil-moisture sensor to a depth of at least 6 inches and two things happen: It doesn't go in easily, and it comes up dry.

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