“I have to water my plants — they’re drooping!” Oh, how I wish I had a dime for every time I heard that… You might find me in Provence nibbling cheese…More
Author: Mark Peterson
Topics: Irrigation, Plants
We thought we would let you into the world of queries to the Garden Geek. Readers send us about 50 questions a month — and I answer most of them — but…More
You've heard "set it and forget it" – well don’t let this become your mantra; it could end up costing you. Irrigation is often the last consideration when…More
Author: Lisa Spears
Butterflies and moths are sometimes confused with one another. There’s one easy way to tell them apart: look at the antennae. Butterfly antennae will…More
Author: Nathan Riggs
Topics: Outdoor Living, Spring, Summer, Wildlife
Texas is known for its wide open spaces, diverse ecosystems, wildflowers and wildlife. And wildlife can range from the largest mammal to the smallest insect.…More
Topics: Maintenance, Outdoor Living, Plants, Spring, Wildlife
GardenStyleSA-friendly landscapes come in all shapes and sizes for every taste and budget. They can be neat and subdued, dominated by orderly evergreen…More
Author: Dana Nichols
Topics: Irrigation, Rebates & Coupons
It’s an exciting time for natural areas here in San Antonio with San Antonians protecting, preserving, restoring and enjoying natural areas across the…More
Over the last few months I've been polling local natural area managers from the San Antonio River Authority, City of San Antonio Natural Areas, and Texas…More
Large expanses of lawn simply aren't practical here in South Texas. But for decades it’s been the standard in landscape design.
The truth is a lawn…More
Author: Erin Conant
Topics: Landscaping, Irrigation
In a region with 12 months of sunshine, little changes in the landscape from season to season. So it’s careful attention to details that count. Early spring…More
Topics: Landscaping, Plants
Bet you’re trying to come up with something extra special for the mother in your life. Why not give her something unique and handmade from the garden?
Topics: Maintenance, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring
Grilled pineapple is a light and refreshing desert that is just perfect for your Mother’s Day brunch, lunch or barbeque. It can be prepared on the grill…More
Author: Vickie Castilleja
Topics: Outdoor Living, Summer
In San Antonio, the main advantages of planting a rain garden are two-fold: it slows down the rain to prevent pollution and saves a ton of water in the…More
Now is a great time to start thinking about how to add raised garden beds to your spring landscape. There are many different ways to build raised landscape…More
Author: Donna Fossum
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring, Winter
Summer is just around the corner and that means gardening, lawn care and, of course, watering will top many to-do lists.
But before you haul out the…More
Topics: Irrigation, Spring
If you are a starter gardener like me, trying to decide what to put in a new garden bed can be intimidating. Even the tags that come with the plants aren’t…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring, Starter Gardener, Summer
We've previously discussed the proper watering schedule to establish plants including lawns and trees. So let’s put it all together in a brief, easy-to-remember…More
Topics: Irrigation, Plants, Starter Gardener
[caption id="attachment_7158" align="alignright" width="250"] GALLERY: Bugs that Break it Down[/caption]
The final installment in our four-part series…More
Thinking the hummingbirds hadn't arrived yet, I set out my feeder a few weeks ago in hopes of inviting them to visit on their way into town. Much to my…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring, Wildlife
For city dwellers and suburbanites, native vegetation and wildlife habitat are at a premium. But it’s simple to plan your own small-scale nature preserve.
By Monika Maeckle
Monarch butterflies left their roosts in the Oyamel forest of Michoacán, Mexico on March 24 — their latest departure on record, according…More
Author: Guest Author
For most of us, our yard needs to be a multi-functional space. It’s where our children play, where we go to relax at the end of a long day, and a place…More
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring, Summer
[caption id="attachment_7158" align="alignright" width="250"] GALLERY: Pesky Bugs[/caption]
Last time we talked about the importance of insects as predators…More
Topics: Landscaping, Plants, Spring, Summer, Wildlife
[caption id="attachment_7158" align="alignright" width="250"] GALLERY: Wildflowers in South Texas[/caption]
Thanks to wonderful rains last fall and…More
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Plants, Spring, Summer
Watering by hand is the most effective and efficient form of landscape watering.
Effective because the water is applied directly to the soil over the…More
In a previous article, we reviewed the importance of insects as pollinators for flowers, fruits and other plants in the landscape. This time we’ll take…More
Topics: Plants, Spring, Wildlife
My garden is starting to wake up and it’s thriving from all the winter rain. In fact, I haven’t had to water since early last fall. The cherry tree’s blooms…More
As we enter the growing season, it’s important to maintain proper irrigation by adjusting your system controller to accommodate daylight saving time.
Author: Adolph Garcia
Topics: Irrigation, Maintenance
One frequently asked question I get is how to get rid of oxalis and clover. Although the two look similar and are often confused, in reality neither poses…More
Although I love the color green — green leaves, green T-shirts, green tea — I don’t particularly care for rivers, lakes, aquifers and a Gulf of Mexico…More
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance
This dish is a family favorite that's both easy and good — and even better when served up after a hard day's work in the yard.
Dana’s Easy Potatoes…More
Topics: Outdoor Living
Imagine taking a shower without the showerhead in place. Yes, you could take that shower, but it wouldn't be very efficient. The same principal applies…More
There are more than 1 million species of insects identified on Earth, and scientists believe there are millions more that are still undiscovered.
Topics: Plants, Spring, Summer, Wildlife
If you’re like me, you’re itching to get outside and do something productive after a long, cold winter of being stuck inside. There is only so much house…More
Topics: Maintenance, Spring
Spring will be blooming as SAWS and other participants will offer great tips to help spruce up your yard while still saving water.
Come on down to SAWS…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Plants
So many people ask me for plant choices that deer despise. And it saddens me to say there are none — unless you want a plastic landscape.
On the other…More
Once again, SAWS is offering two different coupon programs simultaneously. This is the perfect time to get those creative juices flowing and combine the…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Rebates & Coupons
Spring is just around the corner and with it comes the need to ensure your irrigation system is in good working order.
If your irrigation system was…More
Author: Karen Guz
As you may have already read, our Spring 2015 coupon offerings have expanded. While many will agree that more choices are better, it does mean you may…More
Topics: Planning/Design, Plants, Rebates & Coupons, Starter Gardener
While many homeowners have been eager to prune their disheveled perennials and shrubs, waiting until late February has its benefits.
Our feathered and…More
Every so often the airwaves are inundated with advertisements for weed and feed products. While each on their own can be useful, together they’re — to…More
An automated irrigation system offers many conveniences, but convenience is not without responsibility. You should inspect your irrigation system for potential…More
Author: Juan Soulas
You don’t have to give traditional roses to your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day. Get creative and use some things that you already have in your garden.…More
Spring is just around the corner and it’s almost time to start barbecuing and to get your irrigation system in good working order.
An irrigation system…More
As we anticipate the start of the first Watersaver Landscape and Patioscape Coupon of 2015, I can say we've all learned a lot. And if you participated,…More
Like the arrival of the purple martins, the wanton pruning of crape myrtles also occurs annually. It’s known by many names: heading back, topping, pollarding,…More
Recognizing that many of our new residents and part-time residents have Spanish as their primary language, we’re introducing a new category for our Garden…More
Author: David Abrego
Teniendo como objetivo primordial el ahorro de agua y la salud de las plantas, Garden Style San Antonio, es una página que nos permitirá adentrarnos en…More
You might think early spring is actually too soon for plants to be blooming, but there are some beauties that surprise us and start blossoming early in…More
Topics: Plants, Spring
Many people wonder whether they can plant citrus trees in Central Texas and if they’ll even be productive. I speak from experience when I say yes!
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