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.
Author: Heather Ginsburg
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
Author: Mark Peterson
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
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Winter
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
Author: Cleveland Powell
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
Author: Sarah Galvan
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
Author: Juan Soulas
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
Author: Dana Nichols
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
Author: Nathan Riggs
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
Author: Donna Fossum
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
Author: Brad Wier
Topics: Landscaping, Winter
Topping is a big no-no when it comes to tree pruning. If a potential contractor practices topping, move on to another provider.Winter is the best time…More
When planning a garden, it’s important to think about seasonal interest. Consider using evergreen plants along with a few colorful winter performers. See…More
Customize your own holiday door décor with just a few materials — including one that’s absolutely free and widely available this time of year: ball moss.Forget…More
Topics: Outdoor Living
rock-laden soils of south-central Texas present a unique challenge for
gardening and gardeners alike, unless you have the right tools. We favor these…More
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…More
Skip the lines at craft stores — and save some cash, too — by looking to your garden for holiday decor inspiration and supplies.
I don’t know about…More
During the winter native plants and adapted non-natives don’t require much water beyond natural rainfall. So choose a holiday once a month and water…More
Normally we begin pruning trees and shrubs in late November or early December, just after the first frost. But in hot and dry summers, your landscape may…More
you’re hanging on to any WaterSaver landscape, patioscape or rain barrel
coupons, time is running out to redeem them.
we draw near to the end…More
Topics: Rebates & Coupons, Wildlife
With a few easy changes to the way you maintain your landscape this
winter, you can create little spaces for wildlife and help protect other
Topics: Wildlife, Winter
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…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Rebates & Coupons
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.
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Winter
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…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design
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…More
Topics: Fall, Planning/Design
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
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…More
Topics: Fall, Plants, Wildlife
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…More
Topics: Fall, Planning/Design, Plants
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,…More
Author: Erin Conant
Topics: Fall, Irrigation
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…More
Topics: Plants, Rebates & Coupons
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.…More
From hauntingly humorous to truly terrifying, garden tales of misery and woe hover and haunt unsuspecting homeowners. Read on for the shocking revelations.…More
Topics: Fall, Plants
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…More
Topics: Fall, Wildlife
The monarch migration flies directly over Texas. Plant milkweed species in your landscape now so mother monarchs flying in next spring will have plants…More
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…More
Spend time in nature studying what’s growing around you. It’ll make plant selection and placement for your new garden
Topics: Fall, Outdoor Living, Wildlife
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