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.
Virtually Indestructible Annuals
are not typically recommended as drought-tolerant, low maintenance plants. But
we’ve discovered a few select varieties to be as heat-hardy and…
Improve Your Irrigation System’s Efficiency
you know making retrofits to your sprinkler system can translate to significant
water savings? It all starts with a free irrigation consultation.…
Easing Separation Anxiety
an extended summer vacation? It’s important to plan ahead to help your plants
survive the separation.
kids have been out of school awhile…
Chinch Bugs: No Easy Fix
The heat and high temps of July and August aren't the only culprits that take a toll on your landscape and lawn. If your St. Augustine grass is looking…
Summer Is Pruning Season for Oaks
While it’s always a good idea to paint
fresh wounds with an oil or latex paint, the heat at this time of year actually
helps protect against oak wilt.…
Design a Rain Garden with the Watersaver Landscape Coupon
Want to build a Rain Garden, but not sure where to start? Answer three simple questions before you pick your plants.
When planning a rain garden, a…
Firecracker Plants for the Fourth
Add a little spark to your landscape this Fourth of July. Firecracker plants are garden superstars with bursts of tiny red blooms that glow like red embers,…
It’s Cool To Be Shady
Trees and shrubs provide us with shade, clean air, clean water and increased property values. During the summer months, these are the plants you want to…
Take the Hand-watering Challenge
Just because you have an irrigation system, doesn’t mean it has to be the only way you water. The hose uses fewer gallons per minute than your irrigation…
The Hot Weather Vegetable Garden
Even during some of the hottest times of the summer, South Texas gardeners can keep busy. Lucky for us there's still time to plant three great hot weather…
Flower Bed First Aid
A healthy garden can defend itself without the need for chemical treatments. But if you discover something is ailing it, define the problem before you…
These Summer Plant Picks Are HOT!
Scorching hot days are looming, but that doesn’t mean your landscape has to fry. Now’s the time to perk it up with some heat-hardy plants!
Easy Fixes for Your Garden Glitches
Landscape problems, we’ve all got ‘em. But most of them have very simple solutions. Read on to find out how to solve some common garden glitches.
What’s the Secret to Gardening?
When it comes to gardening, many of us are stumped by all that it entails. But really, gardening isn’t so mysterious.
There are many garden-related…
Simple Schemes Save Water Too
When it comes to redesigning your landscape, a frequent goal is to reduce the amount of lawn you have to maintain. So simple is better, especially if your…
Saving water and money is still the ultimate reward. But now SAWS residential water customers can earn a little bonus for their water-saving ways.
How to Establish New Plants Quickly
Along with proper planting, proper watering leads to quick establishment and fast growth. The key is frequent, small amounts over the course of a few weeks…
Learn about Water-Saving Landscape Design
Want to transform your landscape, but don’t have a clue about how to begin? The WaterSaver Landscape Design Workshop is for you!
Gardening in Full Sun with the WaterSaver Landscape Coupon
Shade in short supply? The plants you pick for a sunny spot must be able to handle sporadic rainfall and scorching summer heat. The WaterSaver Landscape…
Plant a Hummingbird Garden Using the Watersaver Landscape Coupon
Roll out the welcome mat for our warm season avian friends — especially the hummingbirds! These coupon-qualified cultivars are all you need to successfully…
Festival of Flowers Is May 27th
From rain gardens to gardens that heal, the Festival of Flowers offers something for every shade of green thumb. Unlike other home and garden shows, this…
Extended WaterSaver Coupons Now Available
Transform more of your landscape over a six-month period, and get a coupon from SAWS to help you pay for every 200 square feet of grass you remove!