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Football field stays extra green despite drought

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - If you need proof that the grass is greener on the other side...take a trip to the football field at the Tomato Bowl. The only way to describe it is "green, green, green."

Over the fence it's clear to see the summer sun has scorched nearby grass. So to keep the football field green, Coach Cecil Newton of the Jacksonville ISD has been giving the grass some much needed attention.

He tells us it's not how often you water...its how much you water.

"We water longer but less frequently to allow the ground to soak it up so we can get to the roots because we don't want it to evaporate and go away," said Newton.

But since the water hasn't been falling from the sky, it's had to come out of the schools wallet.

"Our water bill will probably be thirty percent higher because we have to water more than we've ever had to water to get it to look like this," said Newton.

Coach Newton also told us they test the soil on the field and cut the grass and just the right height to help it withstand the heat.

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