(KTEN) — Those high temperatures are drying up lawns across Texoma, causing homeowners to turn on their sprinklers and hoses more often in the Lone Star State.

The first step to save water is using it at the right time: Before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

“The sun and the heat will evaporate that water before the soils can soak it in," explained Helen Dulac with the North Texas Municipal Water District. "Also, if you have tender plants, the water droplets — when the sun actually hits them — it can actually burn those tender leaves.”

You can also conserve water in ways you may not have realized, like raising the blades on your mower.

“The taller blade of grass will help shade your soil, reduce evaporative water loss, and also reduce the stress on your grass,” Dulac said.

What we do now, especially in brutal heat like this, can impact generations beyond us.

“The population in the North Texas Municipal Water District service area is going to double by 2070. More than 30 percent of our water supply for the future is going to be made up of what we can wisely use today,” Dulac said.

NTMWD says conserving water at home ensures there’s enough for surgeons to wash their hands or firefighters to put out the flames of a fire.

The water district suggests signing up for watering recommendations through free services like WaterMyYard.org or the Texas ET Network. Both use local weather station data to let you know how much water your lawn needs.

The North Texas Municipal Water District and Texas A&M AgriLife also host a series of virtual classes to help with watering and summer lawn care.