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.OK…
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
oses 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…
How to Select a Tree
Selecting and planting trees isn’t rocket science. But knowing a few basics before you buy can help ensure the survival of your freshly sown sapling.
The holiday season is nearly upon us and that means it’s time to get crafty! Here’s a simple project you can make to dress up your door and welcome weary…
7 Signs You’re Watering Too Much
Ever wonder if you might be overwatering your lawn? No need for guesswork. Just step outside and check for these sure signs of too much watering.
21 Deer-resistant Plants for San Antonio and the Hill Country
There are no truly deer-proof plants — except for plastic and silk ones. But stick with these tried-and-true choices and you shouldn’t have an issue with…
Plants That Fertilize Others
Cover crops are an easy and economical way to provide extra natural fertilizer to your landscape or garden’s soil. And they have the ability to go "where…
Winter Lawns Gone a-Rye
Ryegrass can use twice as much water as St. Augustine and it can weaken other grasses. So unless you enjoy spending money on your lawn during the winter…
Rain Barrel Coupon: Act Fast, They Won’t Be Here Long!
Ever wish you could capture the rain and save it for a drier day? Now you can with a rain barrel coupon from SAWS! But don’t delay – deadline to apply…
Fall Back and Turn Down Your Irrigation Controller
The end of Daylight Saving Time means setting your clocks back one hour. It’s also the perfect time to dial back your irrigation system controllers.
Invasion of the Tree Roots: How to Prevent It
Contrary to popular belief, tree roots do not cause cracks in water or sewer pipes. They will exploit existing cracks, though. Just plan ahead before planting…
Monarch Butterflies are On the Move!
Migrating monarch butterflies have been spotted in San Antonio on their way to the oyamel forests of Michoacán, Mexico for winter hibernation.
Mitchell Lake Hoot and Harvest Festival
Join us Saturday, Oct. 29 for a free community fair filled with hayrides, arts and craft exhibits, a native plant sale, live bird shows, butterfly walks,…
Get a Jump on Winter Weeds
Winter weeds can be an issue in our lawns, but a proactive management plan will limit their germination and growth throughout the dormant season
Where the Wild Things Are
Understory is the unsung hero of your landscape, providing critical habitat for wildlife and requiring zero maintenance. Yet, it’s often underutilized.…
Mexican Buckeye and Mexican Plum: Uber-tough Understory
Understory trees like Mexican buckeye and Mexican plum provide a multitude of benefits such as color, layering and buffering from pesky neighbors. And…
Now is the Time to Plant Spring Wildflowers
While fall is the perfect season to plant spring wildflowers in Texas, our weather is so unpredictable that the seeds often don’t get the right combination…
This Herb Market is HOT!
All hail the pepper! Come celebrate the hot and spicy specimen — and learn all about other aromatic plants — during this year’s Herb Market, Saturday,…
Don’t Miss Out on These Fall Coupons!
Autumn is a great time to work out in your yard, and there’s no better way to make changes to your landscape than by using SAWS WaterSaver Coupons! Deadline…
How to Prevent Lawn Disease
Although we can’t control the weather, we can do other things to reduce the chances of lawn disease — now and in the future.
San Antonio lawns frequently…
5 Must-Have Garden Books
If designing or refreshing your landscape is on your to-do list, start by perusing a few locally relevant books. They provide inspiration and lots of much-needed…
Mulch is Simply Marvelous!
Mulch is a natural way to enhance organic matter and retain moisture in urban soils. Early fall is the best time to apply mulch to your landscape for maximum…
Summer Sun = Fall Garden’s Advantage
Using the summer sun (solarization) as a process of weakening or killing unwanted plants by harnessing the sun’s intensity. And summertime — in the full…
Coming Soon: Garden Style San Antonio 2.0
We’re boosting some of the old options and adding a few new features at the suggestion of some of our readers. Our goal is to make the site more functional…
Drip Irrigation: Get Your Water's Worth
Drip irrigation delivers water to the root zone of your plants right where they need it and without all the extra spray that causes rampant mold, weeds,…
Hue Can Craft a Colorful Landscape
Just like on an artist's palette, hue is a powerful tool in the landscape. Think of your garden as a blank canvas. The goal is to create a focal point…
Seasonal Adjust: The Easy Button for your Irrigation System
Did you know there’s a feature on just about every irrigation controller that makes controlling the run times a lot easier? Unfortunately most people with…
Sage Tips for Sowing Cenizo
Cenizo is a stalwart in the natural Texas landscape. On a rocky western outcrop on a scorching August day, its blooms cover hillsides and valleys with…
Five Things You Need To Know About Releasing Ladybugs in the Landscape
Ladybugs make for great natural pest control in your landscape since they feed on other insects to survive. But before you set them free to feed, follow…
Wild, Versatile Rosemary
Whether planted in pots, or used as a border or ground cover, rosemary will serve you well in your landscape (bees love it!) and kitchen (it adds fabulous…
Designer Landscapes for Historic San Antonio
Join us under the tent, for our program, Designer Landscapes for Historic SA presented by San Antonio Water System GardenStyleSA.com.
This free event…
Plant a Tranquil Landscape
Grouping several of the same plants together is a great way to create movement and a serene scene in your landscape.
Want to keep your upcoming landscape…
Sprout Some Drama
Gulf muhly grass is easy to grow and has a unique resistance to our temperatures and soils. And with color ranging from pink to purple and every shade…
When High Style = Low Water
Why high-end landscape design can, and often does, save water
Have you ever driven through a high-end neighborhood and thought, “Whoa! Niiiiice yard!…
Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora)
Mountain laurel withstands reflected heat, thrives in poor alkaline soils, and only needs a little bit of water in return. These traits make it a great…
Landscape Design with Coupons in Mind
Got a circular driveway? Don’t let this prime island of space go to waste. Use our Fall coupons to showcase a watersaver landscape!
A circular driveway…
The 7 Best Palms for San Antonio
Palms provide a great tropical feel to your landscape without excessive maintenance and now is a great time to plant them. See the seven best we suggest…
Texas Palm for San Antonio: The Sabal Mexicana
Transform your backyard garden into a vacation destination — just add a Texas sabal palm or two. Now while our soils are hot is the perfect time to plant…
WaterSaver Coupons are Here!
Whether you want to reduce the amount of grass in your landscape or just spruce it up, our WaterSaver Coupons can help you make water-saving upgrades to…
Gregg’s Mistflower: Butterfly Magnet
Butterflies go gaga over Gregg's mistflower — and it makes an attractive, unconventional groundcover. In addition, it's a tough native Texan!
I am so…
A Tale of Two Olives
Both Mexican and European olives are xeric plants and both can tolerate heat and drought.
Mexican and European olive are xeric plants and both are included…
Do Your Garden Beds Measure Up?
Mapping out your 200-square-foot plot for the WaterSaver Landscape Coupon is easier than you think, thanks to some obvious and not-so-obvious measuring…
Explore Olive Your Landscape Options with Mexican Olive
Mexican olive makes a dynamic focal point in a garden bed. And, it's one of the many beautiful choices available for the fall WaterSaver Landscape Coupon.
Oak Species that are Wilt Resistant
The very best way to limit oak wilt is selecting and planting the best oak species for our region that are resistant to this deadly disease.
Many of you…
Summer is a Good Time to Prune Oaks
While it's always recommended to paint fresh wounds with an oil or latex paint, the heat at this time of year also helps protect against oak wilt.
Busting Myths About Oak Wilt
A lot of mythology surrounds the oak wilt disease that's so common in our region. Arborist Mark Peterson sets the record straight.
During the last millennium,…
Big Bend Yucca
True to its name, Big Bend yucca is a West Texas native that’s able to tolerate serious sun, heat and drought.
The first week of August can be tough in…
Agaves: 7 Pain-free Picks
Incorporating agaves into your landscape doesn’t have to be painful. There are a few agaves — and a few similar big succulents — that have soft or spineless…
Simple Summer Landscape Maintenance
Late summer is a good time to do some simple touch-up maintenance — mulching, replanting, pruning — to your landscape.
Late summer is a good time to just…
Want a plant to attract all the hummingbirds in the neighborhood to your garden? Look no further!
Flame acanthus is a tough, Texas native perennial…
Pride of Barbados es Puro SA
On the hottest days of the year, the drought-hardy Pride of Barbados shrugs off dry weather and offers up fantastic cone-like flowers in orange, red and…
What are the Year-round Watering Rules?
The hot dry weather has returned and with it the possibility of Stage 1 drought restrictions. For now, we remain in year-round watering rules.
Water with Purpose
All plants need water. But how much and how often varies from plant to plant.
Although there are various recommendations floating around out there, we…
Plant of the Week: Cape Plumbago
Cape Plumbago - Cool Color for High Heat Landscapes
As most gardeners know, there is a season for everything… especially plants. With that in mind our…
Lavender is a multitasking herb – beautiful in the landscape attracting wildlife and functional in the kitchen when added to food and drinks.
I love lavender!…
Natural Bug-Repelling Herbs
San Antonio Water System Project Coordinator Mark Peterson demonstrates how to use common garden herbs as natural bug repellents.
Plant rosemary, lavender,…
Herbs: Easy, Drought-tolerant and Tasty!
There are so many things to do with herbs — from adding them to our culinary delights, to making refreshing drinks on hot summer days or using them for…
Debug your Summer Fun with Herbs
Before you run out to buy chemical pesticides for your yard, there are a number of herbs that grow well in our area that are also natural insect repellents.
Hand Water with Care
There’s a trick to watering efficiently without creating excessive evaporation or runoff. It involves precision and an important piece of equipment — the…
Plant Some Patriotic Pride
Declare your independence from a boring landscape this season with a spark of American spirit. Here's a list of our favorite plants bursting with patriotic…
Water Only the Areas That Need It
The first days of full scorch are here. Before you turn up your sprinkler systems — and double your water bill — consider what areas of your landscape…
Pest Patrol: Abolish Those Aphids
Aphid populations can increase rapidly on a plant. Luckily, there are six simple ways to control them.
Summertime can be a great time for outdoor fun…
Grass Height: The Long and Short of It
How often you mow and how short you cut the grass can determine how much water you save — or waste.
We hear it all the time, and I mean all the time:…
Battle of the Grass Burs
Grass burs typically take root in late winter, but in Texas they can sprout several times a year. The trick is to suppress them before the seeds germinate.