Upcoming Landscape Tours
The right landscape tour can be a great source of inspiration and ideas. If you’re considering making landscape changes using SAWS’ WaterSaver Coupons,…
Know your Natives: Damianita
When it comes to low maintenance, damianita reigns! Plant this drought-mocking native and you will have a bright display of color, texture AND butterflies!…
5 Weeds of Spring
The mild, moist winter has provided the perfect environment for cool-season weeds. The best weapon against them is your mower or weed eater — especially…
Backyard Rain Harvesting Project
Capturing the rain is a great way to save water and irrigate your garden. If you already have rain barrels, just follow these simple steps and you'll be…
Six Steps to an Irrigation Design Rebate
Got an irrigation system? If you've been pondering making changes to it — or getting rid of it altogether — now is the time to do it. You may qualify for…
The Best Controller for Your Irrigation System is You
No matter what brand or style of controller you have, knowing how it works and what settings to use will help you water more efficiently.
The truth is…
A Blooming Good Time with the Rain
year’s event is all about rain gardens — how to build them, use them and, most
importantly, what types of plants to put in them.
Real Life Rain Gardens
intrepid women, Lee Marlowe with the San Antonio River Authority and Heather
Ginsberg with San Antonio Water System, brave raging wind and rain to…
The Many Benefits of Rain Gardens
A rain garden, with its verdant pools and lush-looking vegetation, can evoke images of an unexpected oasis in our often-arid climate. But did you know…
3 Reasons Rocks Don’t Rock the Landscape
When it comes to gardening, what happens in
Vegas should stay in Vegas. Here’s why Sin City’s gravel-gilded grounds aren’t
a good gamble in Texas’ terrain.
Give Your Irrigation System a Checkup
Spring is just around the corner and that means it’s time make sure your irrigation system is in working order. Checkups should be done at least twice…
There’s No Need to Weed and Feed
Forget weed and feeds. The best fertilizer for your lawn is a dressing of compost in the spring and autumn, and allowing the leaves and grass clippings…
Best Butterfly Plants for Central Texas
Providing nectar sources for butterflies is important due to habitat loss and increased use of pesticides in crop fields. You can do your part to provide…
Winter Watering Grows Your Sewer Bill, Not Your Grass
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 grow later.
Selecting and Measuring 200 Square Feet
to lay out a planting bed for the next WaterSaver coupon? Measuring wheels and
tapes are obvious choices. But you can also get creative with other,…
Step Away from the Pruners
Crape myrtle is an excellent drought-tolerant plant for a variety of landscape situations. It also requires absolutely zero pruning.
Like the annual…
5 Weekends to a Gorgeous Garden
There’s no such thing as a no-maintenance garden. But you can have a low-maintenance garden — one that only asks five tasks of you to look good the whole…
On Your Mark, Get Set, Count Birds!
The first flocks of purple martins will be back from Brazil this week. If you're enjoying the return of your martins, you're not alone: It's the weekend…
Four Roses that Deliver in San Antonio
Roses are a beautiful, xeric addition to any landscape in San Antonio, provided they have a little sun. Here are four robust varieties that can tolerate…
Pruning Roses: The Thorny Truth
If you’re growing modern, ever-blooming roses like hybrid teas (including Knockouts and Belinda’s Dream), February is the time for renewal pruning.
Freezer Burn: Determine What Plants Survived
Recent below-freezing temperatures damaged some semi-evergreen plants, while others may only appear that way. It’s not a bad idea to wait for spring and…
Last Chance to Prune Oaks, Too Early for Perennials
Know what to prune and when. Every cut you make signals a plant’s dormant cells to initiate new shoots; pruning too early can put tender new growth at…
Liven Up your Garden: Plant Early Spring Bloomers
Capture the beauty of an early Texas spring — plant ornamental trees and shrubs. They’re some of the first to flower and are early nectar sources for pollinating…
Get Your Free Fruit Tree!
This weekend may be the perfect opportunity to add a little flavor to your flora. Get a free five-gallon fruit tree during the annual Jammin’ Jams Tree…
Sow Sumac for Seasonal Color
Texas may not be known for its seasonal color, but we do have sumac. Winter brings rust-red fruit to its woody branches, and in the summer months, creamy…
Lemon (and Orange) Love: Citrus Trees for Your Landscape
Believe it or not, you can successfully grow citrus trees in San Antonio — and they’ll even produce fruit. It just depends on what you plant and where.…
Get a Winter Workout in the Garden
The mostly mild South Texas winter months are a pleasant, comfortable time to putter around your yard. You may even work up a little sweat and drop a few…
Plant Native Evergreen Plants for Year-round Structure
Take a look around your landscape. Is it looking limp or lacking structure? Give it some backbone — of Texas-style evergreens, that is.
Is there an…
Easy-to-Add Living Space for Your Landscape
Building a flagstone patio is a lot like putting together a puzzle. It's also an entertaining project for the whole family. Just follow our simple steps.
Plant Now for Maximum Root Growth
Here in South Texas, January is the perfect time to plant because the ground never freezes. And the list of plant options is extensive, so don’t let these…
What to Plant for Winter Bloom
If you’re looking for winter blooms, there are several plants — including many that are native — that would make great additions to your winter garden.…
Plant Bulbs and Other Subterranean Species in Winter
It may seem counterintuitive, but winter is the best time to plant — at least here in South Texas. And your options of what to plant are numerous. They…
Resolve to Get Gardening and Get Healthy
Your fitness resolution doesn't require a gym membership. There's an endless supply of exercise to enjoy right in your own backyard! Check out our ideas…
Recycle and Repurpose your Christmas Tree
Don't trash your Christmas tree — recycle it into nutrient-rich mulch for your garden! There are drop-off locations throughout the city that will be in…
Post-Holiday Poinsettia Pampering
Pamper your poinsettia. With proper care it’ll serve you long after the holidays as a xeric evergreen perennial in your landscape.
Living in South Texas…
Winter Chores for the Gardener
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t spend time in your garden. Tool maintenance and prepping your landscape for new plantings are two…
Jays: Colorful Denizens in San Antonio
San Antonio is home to three different species of jaybirds. If you’re observant and patient, maybe you’ll get to see one of these feathered jewels this…
Watch the Winter Wildlife
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…
What’s Wrong with My Cactus?
No, that's not cotton candy clinging to the pads of your prickly pear plant. It's actually a harmless scale insect that not only feeds on the plant’s moisture…
Give Your Irrigation System a Holiday
Automatic sprinkler systems make it easy to set it and forget it, but this time of year it can be a wasteful and costly convenience. The solution: Turn…
Start a New Holiday Tradition: Plant a Tree
Not sure what to do after visiting and feasting with family and friends? Start a new tradition — buy a tree in advance and present it to the group as a…
Great Gifts for the Gardener in Your Life
We all have that one individual in our lives who’s hard to shop for during the Christmas season. Why not give them the gift of gardening?
Be it our…
Of Moss and Mistletoe: The Facts Behind the Folly
Ball moss or mistletoe hanging out in the canopy of your yard won’t necessarily kill your trees, but it’s good to know the difference between these often-misunderstood…
The Thyme is Now!
Got herbs in your winter garden? Now’s the time to harvest them and make your holiday feast all the more savory.
Holiday feasts are the perfect opportunity…
Last Chance to Plant Spring Wildflowers
Never mind that the wildflower seed packet says to sow in early fall. Here in South Texas — where temperatures often stay mild through December — it’s…
How to Identify Oaks Using Acorns
The humble acorn is more than just a tasty snack for many mammals, birds and insects. It’s also a valuable tool used by botanists to identify oak trees.…
Plant Holiday Cheer to Last All Year
Want to keep the holiday feeling in your landscape long after Christmas has passed? Check out this compact list of yuletide yard additions.
How to Care for your Trees in Winter
Winter is the perfect time to tend to your trees. Follow these simple TLC tips.
Although the winter season in San Antonio isn’t very distinct, it’s…
Plan Ahead for a Colorful Winter Garden
When planning a garden, it’s important to think about seasonal interest. Consider using evergreen plants along with a few colorful winter performers. See…
Hit the Snooze Button on your Irrigation Controller
At this time of year the lawn is dormant, or in a slumber. So don’t water. Just let it sleep. Your pocketbook will thank you.
During the holidays we’re…