MINNEAPOLIS - This is a crucial time of year to water, and when you are in a moderate drought it is something you should not skip.

But how much do you need to water and what are the best ways to do it?

The general rule is 1 inch of water per week in two 1/2 inch applications. Put down some sort of measuring device and time out how much time it takes to put down a 1/2 inch of water. Then follow that for every area of your lawn twice a week.

The best time to water is early morning or late evening. Know your soil type in sandy soils water penetrates in about 12 inches, in loamy soil 1 inch of water penetrates in about 7 inches and in clay type soils water soaks in only 4 to 5 inches.

Don't overwater. It is easier to revive a dried out plant than dry out an overwatered plant that is suffering from root rot.

Mulch is the best option to both feed your soil and maintain good soil moisture. Mulch will also serve to cool the soil temperature. Water deeply by using the bucket method we explained or a soaker hose.