Category Archives: Water

Take the EarthKind Challenge!

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County   Have you taken the Earth-Kind® Challenge?             Earth-Kind landscaping uses research-proven techniques to provide maximum garden and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting the environment. The objective of Earth-Kind landscaping is to combine the best of organic and traditional gardening and landscaping principles to create a horticultural system based on real world effectiveness and environmental responsibility.  Individuals using Earth-Kind landscaping principles and practices can create beautiful, easy-care landscapes, while conserving and protecting natural resources and… Read More →

Summer Water Usage

Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Summer Water Usage for the Landscape Water is a limited resource in Texas and it becomes more limited as the population grows.  Water demand in Texas is projected to increase by 22 percent between 2010 and 2060.  As a result, protecting water resources and utilizing water-conservation practices will be essential to sustain the state’s water supply-and-demand balance. Watering the home lawn properly can improve grass quality yet still conserve water for future generations.  Many times, home… Read More →

Potential Evapotranspiration–A Water Management Tool

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Potential Evapotranspiration a Water Management Tool Water is essential for life.  All living things need water to survive.  In our lawns, landscapes, and farms, we can use the potential evapotranspiration to calculate the water requirements of our crops and plants.  What is Potential Evapotranspiration? Potential Evapotranspiration or PET represents the combined loss of water through:  1) the plant’s process of transpiration via its vascular system, and 2) evaporation of water from the earth’s surface.  Both are… Read More →

New Year’s Resolution

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County New Year’s Resolution Each January people start the year off by making New Year’s Resolutions.  Many resolutions are to lose weight, to start eating healthy or other health related topic.  All of these are great but how many times do we follow all these throughout the entire year. This year, maybe your New Year’s Resolution could be to start saving or conserving water for the future.  It will mean some adjustments in your lifestyle but it can… Read More →

Irrigation for Home Lawns

  Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Irrigation for the Home Lawn                 Water is a limited resource in Texas and it becomes more limited as the population grows.  Watering the home lawn properly can improve grass quality yet still conserve water for future generations.  Many times, home lawns are over-watered and over-watering can harm lawn quality more than under-watering. Several factors need to be considered when staring a home lawn water program.  Soil type, grass variety, management practices, and environmental conditions… Read More →