EDMOND, Oklahoma - Summer season officially started on June 20 this year. As we step into the summer, Edmond city officials want to give you some tips on how to water your lawn more efficiently.

Officials with the Edmond Water Resources say they encourage residents and business owners to confirm settings on irrigation systems, and water only when necessary.

By following a few simple tips, experts say you can have a low maintenance landscape that requires less water, but will stay healthy, green and attractive:

• Lawns are typically over-watered by 30% or more. Don't' over water your lawn. As a general rule, lawns only need watering every 5-7 days during the summer months. A thorough soaking once a week is much better for your lawn than several lighter sprinklings; this will force the grass to grow longer, healthier roots.

• Test your lawn to see what type of soil it is; be sure to take a 4 to 6 sample. Sandy soils are very porous; therefore need more water, more often. Soils with higher clay content retain moisture well and won't require as much attention.

• Check to see if your lawn is in need of water before watering. Dig down around 4 to 6 inches into the soil, if it is dry all the way through, it is time to water.

• Knowing when to stop is the key to saving water. When your lawn is wet to the depth of 6 inches that is plenty of water.