Join us at Earth Day San Antonio and be a part of a celebration that honors the planet, the birth of the Alamo City and the vision for a sustainable future.
Author: Mark Peterson
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Rebates & Coupons, Spring
The most enchanting outdoor spaces incorporate three elements: lawn, beds and pervious patio. The result is a brilliant balance of beauty and water-wise…More
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring
Compost is like health food for your garden. It enriches the soil with nutrients and increases water infiltration. Knowing a few basics can make it easy-peasy…More
Author: Dana Nichols
Topics: Outdoor Living, Plants, Spring, Starter Gardener
Although many a pundit in print and on TV claims to hold the secret to a beautiful lawn, the answer is quite simple and does not require expensive tools…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Spring
A hummingbird feeder makes it easy to observe these winged wonders in action. But meticulous maintenance of the feeder is critical for the health of these…More
Author: Brad Wier
Before you consider re-sodding your lawn, make sure you know SAWS policies regarding new turf. It could save you money!
Maybe you’re looking at your lawn…More
Author: Donna Fossum
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring
If you’re in need of a few great ideas to take your yard to the next level, you’ll want to take the annual WaterSaver Landscape Tour this Saturday, April…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Rebates & Coupons, Spring
There are lots of plants that have some degree of toxicity to pets, but most are not a threat except in extreme cases of allergy or unusual consumption.By…More
Author: Guest Author
Spring caterpillars have arrived. They're famished and and your trees are the le plat du jour. Fear not! The birds are on it.
Spring is here and that…More
Topics: Plants, Spring, Wildlife
Is your backyard a bland expanse of sickly, sun-baked carpet grass with a tiny builder's patio and no charm in sight? Use our coupons and rebates to transform…More
Author: Heather Ginsburg
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Rebates & Coupons, Spring
Spring is here and that means it’s time to start barbecuing — and getting your irrigation system in good working order.
An irrigation system checkup…More
Author: Adolph Garcia
Topics: Irrigation, Spring
Durable, drought-tolerant and deer-resistant, damianita deserves a permanent place in your landscape. And that's why we've added it to our list of approved…More
Topics: Planning/Design, Plants, Rebates & Coupons, Spring
That drippy faucet is more than just an annoyance. It's downright wasteful. One out of every 10 homes has leaks — often hidden from view — that waste nearly…More
Is it a pesky weed or an advantageous addition to your yard? Think twice before ridding your landscape of these broadleaf plants.
While many dismiss…More
Author: Cleveland Powell
Topics: Plants, Spring
River rocks are an attractive addition to the landscape — as long as they are appropriately sized and serve a functional purpose. By Brad Wier and Dana…More
Want to save a ton of water (and have a little extra free time on your hands)? Garden in harmony with the area’s natural conditions.
Got ants in your plants? There are three simple ingredients you can mix to create an effective and natural treatment for fire ants.
Author: Nathan Riggs
Topics: Maintenance, Plants, Wildlife
Wild about wildflowers? Follow our favorite routes — and discover a few other stops along the way — for picture-worthy fields of flowers.
While a mostly…More
Author: Juan Soulas
Don't just dream about having a lush, water-efficient landscape and inviting outdoor living space. Create it (and save a ton of money) using SAWS WaterSaver…More
Topics: Plants, Rebates & Coupons, Spring
The time to fertilize grass is when it's actively growing, which usually begins in mid-April. If you want to do something nice for your lawn right now,…More
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…More
Topics: Fall, Planning/Design
The free annual event is your prime opportunity to learn about expert gardening and landscape care — all while saving water! Saturday, March 10 at SAWS…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Plants, Rebates & Coupons, Winter
Got an irrigation system? If you've been pondering making changes to it — or getting rid of it altogether — now is the time. You may qualify for our irrigation…More
Topics: Irrigation, Rebates & Coupons
Low-growing, low-maintenance and colorful, there are three skullcap species that are just right for your landscape — whether it's in full sun or partial…More
Author: Sarah Galvan
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Winter
As if saving water wasn’t rewarding enough, now you can earn points for increasing your water-saving wisdom — and cash them in for coupons to use on water-saving…More
Topics: Rebates & Coupons, Winter
There’s no such thing as a no-maintenance garden. But you can have one that only asks five tasks of you to look good the whole year through.
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Winter
Crape myrtle is an excellent drought-tolerant plant for a variety of landscape situations. It also requires absolutely zero pruning.
Like the annual…More
Give your garden the look of love! These cozy couples will add a little romance to your landscape – and make planning easier, too.
If you can’t decide…More
Author: Sasha Kodet
How many loads of laundry or dishes could you do with the water from a single cycle of your irrigation system? These shocking comparisons will have you…More
Topics: Irrigation, Maintenance, Planning/Design, Winter
Looking for a little sizzle to light up your landscape? Spark a blaze of five-alarm charm with the hottest-looking tree you’ve never heard of: the American…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Plants, Winter
In a perfect world, every landscape would have the right plants and use very little water. Give your yard a shot at perfection — consult a conservation…More
Author: David Abrego
Topics: Outdoor Living, Rebates & Coupons, Winter
Give your landscape some backbone — with native evergreens for year-round structure and depth.Is there an area in your garden that looks like a disaster…More
Topics: Landscaping, Plants, Winter
If you’re looking for winter blooms, there are many plants — including several that are native — that would make great additions to your winter garden.Are…More
Author: Sarah Galvan
Topics: Outdoor Living, Plants, Wildlife, Winter
A licensed irrigator can save you time and money. But being licensed doesn’t guarantee quality work. Ask these five questions before you hire someone.…More
You don’t need to head outdoors to preplan improvements to your landscape. Get all the inspiration, ideas and how-tos you need right from the comfort of…More
Topics: Planning/Design, Winter
Evergreens that change very little throughout the year are the showstoppers of your landscape. Winter is the best time to decide where you might want to…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Wildlife, Winter
This weekend may be the perfect opportunity to add a little flavor to your flora. Get a free 5-gallon fruit tree during the annual Jammin’ Jams Fruit &…More
No need to drive to the nearest park to trek when you can lace up and work out right in your own backyard. Gardening is excellent exercise for your body…More
While there’s no perfect answer to how much you should water in winter, there are some key conditions and observations to consider.
As homeowners watch…More
Topics: Irrigation, Plants, Winter
Instead of spending time and money at the gym, spend it in your landscape. Resolve to combine your exercise resolution with your garden goals.For a couple…More
Topics: Maintenance, Plants, Winter
It may be winter time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend time in your garden. Tool maintenance and prepping your landscape for new plantings are two…More
Topics: Maintenance, Winter
If you have an irrigation system, now is a good time to check for any irrigation maintenance issues.
Walk around your yard when it's dry and look for…More
Topics: Irrigation, Winter
It's winter and your
lawn is dormant – so why is your irrigation system running? Using extra water
outdoors now only makes your sewer bill bloom later.…More
Topics: Irrigation, Maintenance, Winter
Before you haul your holiday pine or fir to the brush/compost pile, decorate it one more time — this time as a bird feeder.
The weekend after New Year’s…More
Topics: Planning/Design, Plants, Wildlife, Winter
Got plants for Christmas? Keep them living long after the season of giving with a few simple tips.
Did you get a plant for Christmas? Are you trying…More
Trees and shrubs that produce small fruit are extremely important to our feathered and furry friends during the winter. But they are also very appealing…More
Topics: Plants, Winter
While we hurry indoors to the warmth of a fire in a seemingly dormant world, Mother Nature still grows, blooms and scurries about the earth regardless…More
It’s cool to compost, especially if you have lots of uncooked fresh fruit and veggie scraps left over from your holiday feast.MeatIf you have a lot of…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Winter
Annuals aren’t typically touted as a drought-tolerant option, but they do add a nice burst of color to an otherwise monochromatic winter landscape.Oh,…More
Need to tame some ferocious fronds of foliage? Try this tool trifecta and you'll wonder how you ever gardened without them.
In my work for SAWS conservation…More
Topics: Landscaping, Winter
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