Test Your San Antonio Water Savvy
you think you’re water smart? Take our quiz to test your know-how about all
things water in San Antonio.
thirsty lawns! Did you know…
Whet Your Holiday Appetite With Scrumptious Landscape Desires
While you’re sitting around
digesting your turkey feast, grab a pencil and paper and jot down some ideas
for an outdoor living space or garden bed.
HOA Says No? Have Another Go!
Working with your homeowner association is a back-and-forth, collaborative process. Go into it knowing it may take a while and you may have to submit your…
Landscape Design Center 2.0 in the Works
We’re building an online tool so you can design your idyllic landscape — and we want to hear your suggestions!
Dreaming of a colorful landscape with…
Plan Your Spring Garden Like a Pro
to transform your landscape but don’t have a clue how to begin? The Watersaver
Landscape Design Workshop is for you!
is a most excellent…
Turn Back Time
Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 5. As you set all your clocks back one hour, remember to adjust the clock on your irrigation system controller,…
Plant Cool Season Herbs for You and the Butterflies
For enthusiasts who love to grow their own herbs and attract butterflies to their gardens, several cool season herbs can be used as food plants for you…
Fall Is the Best Time To Plant
Our soil doesn't freeze like northern soil, so planting during the fall and winter provides the absolute best opportunity for plants to grow, thrive and…
Snag Some Shady Savings
CPS Energy wants you to plant some green in your yard. In return, they'll put a little green back in your wallet.
Shade trees, properly placed and…
5 Signs You’re Watering Too Much
A high water bill may be your first clue that something is terribly amiss. But there are a few other signs that signal you may be overwatering your landscape.…
Landscape Legends and Lore
From hauntingly humorous to truly terrifying, garden tales of misery and woe hover and haunt unsuspecting homeowners. Read on for the shocking revelations.…
Welcome Monarchs to your Garden
San Antonio is all aflutter with monarch butterflies, now migrating over Texas en route to Mexico to roost for the winter. Come celebrate this fantastic…
Milkweed Must-haves for Monarchs
The monarch migration flies directly over Texas. Plant milkweed species in your landscape now so mother monarchs flying in next spring will have plants…
5 Facts About Texas Wildflowers
The autumn months are the best time to sow wildflowers for spring. But before you start planting, get to know a few particulars first.
This may be fallen…
Want Foolproof Flora? Take a Hike!
Spend time in nature studying what’s growing around you. It’ll make plant selection and placement for your new garden
Say Sí to Salvias!
being deer resistant and drought tolerant to attracting butterflies and bees,
salvias are the smart choice for your landscape.
There’s Still Time to Get a Rain Barrel
residential water customers: there’s one more rain barrel distribution event
scheduled for November, but you must order your barrel by Oct. 20!
Last Chance to Reward Yourself
Got water-wise ways? There’s still time to earn points that’ll get you a bonus coupon to buy plants, landscaping supplies and other water-saving materials.…
Know your Natives: Ashe Juniper aka "Mountain Cedar"
To keep or not to keep: that is the question every homeowner must answer themselves when it comes to ash juniper in the landscape.
Growing up in the…
No Tricks — WaterSaver Coupons End Oct. 31!
Three weeks. That's how much time is left to treat yourself to a coupon that'll help take your landscape from weary to wickedly water savvy.
A Six Pack of Vegetation Inspiration
a little landscape design direction? Visit six San Antonio-area gardens that
were chosen for their artistic, water-saving ways and be inspired.…
Come Celebrate Cilantro!
you love it or hate it, cilantro is the star of this year’s San Antonio Herb Market,
Oct. 21 at Pearl Brewery.
Praiseworthy Plants Proclaimed
Gone are the days of not knowing what plants to plant. Our nine gardening experts have each shared their four favorites — that’s three dozen plants to…
A Scary Good Deal for Your Landscape
Is your lawn ready to give up the ghost? You have until Halloween to apply for coupons that'll help put the most water-demanding, labor intensive part…
Citizen Scientists Wanted for Pollination Observation
Keep your eyes peeled for pollinators and share your observations on social
media to help raise awareness about the importance of native pollinators.…
Brighten Up Your Garden with Pretty Perennials
Bring the warm glow of fall into your garden with two marigold-like
plants. Both boast bold yellow blooms and invite butterflies to linger in your
Top Ten Native Plants of Texas and Mexico
is upon us and so is the fall planting season. Check out our top 10 list of
native plants to sow this season.
tradition in South Texas…
How To Lower Your Water Bill
If you have a high water bill — and an irrigation system — look no further than the irrigation controller. Nine times out of 10, that's the culprit.
Remember, Remember to Mulch in September
After a grueling summer, mulch is the perfect topper for your tired landscape. It provides much-needed nutrients — especially carbon — to the soil.
A Shrub for All Occasions
What requires no water, no trimming, and is one of the few evergreen native hedges for South Central Texas? Cenizo. It's the premier plant for a low-water,…
Minimizing Lawn Disease in the Fall
Crisp autumn air is a welcome relief after a long, hot summer — unless you’ve been overwatering your lawn. Cooler temperatures and increased moisture make…
Wetting Agents to Help Survive the Drought
agents are a gardener’s dream come true during drought, especially when we’re
doing everything we can to conserve water.
Know your Natives: Dotted Gayfeather
Dotted gayfeather is commonly grown for fresh and dried flower
arrangements, but it can be even more beautiful and beneficial in your garden.
Rain Barrels Redux
Autumn is synonymous
with harvest. This fall SAWS is offering rain barrel coupons so you can reap the
rain in all its autumn bounty.
Know your Natives: Dwarf Palmetto
Its name means small in size, but the dwarf palmetto packs a big drought-tolerant punch! And it’s a unique evergreen addition to your garden.
If It’s Hot, It Must Be Time to Plant Palms
Now is a good time to consider adding a palm or two to your
landscape. A palm, properly planted and established, requires no supplemental
water — and…
Be Your Irrigation System’s BFF
in-ground sprinkler system has a lot of moving parts that can periodically fail
or get damaged. You are the key to making sure yours operates efficiently.…
Don’t Worry, Water Smart
Though it’s been a while, San Antonians are no strangers to drought
restrictions. Watering smart is the best way to maintain your landscape and
Help Your Landscape Beat the Heat
No lawn? No worries. But if you have
a yard full of grass in the sun, this time of year can be rough. Follow our tips for a landscape that’s Texas-tough.…
Reward Yourself This Summer
Wouldn’t it be great to get a little something extra for your water-wise
ways? But wait, you can — when you sign up for the WaterSaver Rewards program!Nearly
Landscape Design Made Easy
Want to transform your landscape, but don't have a clue about how to begin? The Watersaver Landscape Design Workshop is for you!
Drought Got You Brown? Don't Double Down
For many homeowners it’s the norm to use more water on their landscapes in July and August. Although the reason seems obvious, the extreme heat is not…
Drip Irrigation – Careful with that Design & Schedule!
properly designed, drip can be the most efficient method of irrigation. But
when installed incorrectly, drip can use as much water as ordinary sprinklers,
Drought Does Not Mean Death
is a normal occurrence in South Texas. But you can help minimize plant damage
and mortality by following a few simple rules.
Soaker Hoses — Good, Bad and Ugly
Soaker hoses can be an effective and efficient watering tool for beds,
shrubs and trees. But use them incorrectly and you may be blindsided with a huge
Container Gardening for Singles
Itching to garden but lack the space at your tiny bachelor (or bachelorette) pad? Try container gardening! Most vegetables and herbs in a traditional South…
Dramatic Changes = Big Water Savings
turf grasses require more water than beds of perennials, shrubs or trees. So the
most effective change you can make is to replace the lawn with beds…
SAWS Makes House Calls!
Is your water bill higher than normal? You may have an irrigation leak on your property or your controller isn’t set properly. We can help you figure out…
Outdoor watering during our hottest months can account for 50 to 80
percent of a home's total water use. Try these water-wise suggestions to help
Once-a-Week Watering is Back
Stage what? Yes, the hot, dry weather has returned bringing with it Stage 1 drought restrictions. Here's a little refresher on what that means.