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There might be a new solution to keep your landscape alive during this difficult dry spell.  The new product, Hydretain, was used on a residential lawn for the first time in Wichita Falls on Thursday morning. 

Hydretain is being sold at the Smith Gardentown in Wichita Falls.  We spoke with the co-owner of the store and he explained how the product works.

"It actually pulls moisture and humidity out of the air and transfers it into the soil so it becomes more available to the roots of your trees, shrubs, and grass," Steve Smith, Co-owner of Smith Gardentown said.

With stage four water restrictions in place and stage five looming over us, watering our lawns is not an option.  Research of the product showed that it can reduce the amount of water moisture needed for your lawn by 50-percent.

Smith said, "Well, obviously since we are not able to water now, we need to give out landscape plants all the help we can possibly can and this product will help and has been proven by several universities."

Smith explained Purdue and the University of Florida have tested the product and it showed that it pulls the moisture out of the air and transfers it into the soil so your plants can utilize it.

There are different options you can choose from if you are interested in treating your lawn.  Smith Gardentown can come out to your property and do the treatment, the cost will depend on the size of the yard.  The water they use to treat your landscape is from reclaimed water that goes to their pond at the nursery.

"We come out and we put the granular down around the trees and then we come back with the liquid version and water it in," Smith said.

However, you can also do it yourself, as long as you have your own water source available. It comes in the ready to use sprayer that has an attachment on the bottle.  A granular solution is also available at the store.

If you are not able to do that, then you can get the granular and out it down and wait for the rain to water it," Smith explained.

In terms of the cost, if you plan to do it yourself, Smith said it's very reasonable.  The quart bottle of the liquid Hydretain costs $34.99.  One bottle will treat up to 3,500 square feet of lawn area.  The granular solution isn't expensive either.  They sell it for $3.50 per pound.

With a few dollars now, you can save your landscape.  It might even cost you less in the long run.

If you would like to learn more about Hydretain, head to their website.  There are a number of videos explaining their research.

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6