Here's the 4-1-1, the scoop, the dirt: Soil is the foundation for a healthy, drought-tolerant landscape.
If you have deep soil – like most who live…More
Author: Dana Nichols
I hope you found some time to sit in the shade and reflect on the possibilities for your landscape. Garden magazines and websites are great resources to…More
Topics: Planning/Design, Starter Gardener
The answer to this question should guide your garden design and irrigation habits. To find out how deep your soil is, just grab a screwdriver and start…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Starter Gardener
We attempt to save water in many ways, such as collecting rain water or installing water-efficient fixtures in our homes. But putting extra thought into…More
Author: Erin Conant
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Spring
Creating a landscape that is both functional and pleasing to the eye requires some basic knowledge of design principles, including texture, form and color.…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring
Ever heard the phrase "trial by fire?" San Antonio's hot, dry, drought conditions frequently test our plants' abilities to perform well under pressure.…More
Topics: Plants, Summer
Not knowing the facts in any situation can be harmful. When it comes to gardening myths, misunderstandings or a lack of knowledge can lead to plant damage,…More
Topics: Irrigation, Maintenance, Plants, Starter Gardener
Capping unnecessary sprinkler heads will save a tremendous amount of water (and money) over time.
Irrigation systems are often viewed by homeowners…More
Author: Adolph Garcia
We often hear about the carbon footprint we leave behind, but did you know we leave a water footprint too?
A water footprint is an assessment of direct…More
Irrigation system technology is like cell phone technology – always evolving. But instead of faster 3G networks, irrigation companies strive for better…More
Let's go over some of the enjoyable activities you can do in the yard during November and December to enhance your fall fun time in the landscape.
Author: Mark Peterson
Topics: Fall, Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants, Winter
New homeowners relocating to San Antonio will have a new landscaping experience. They will be falling for color San Antonio style.
Some of the important…More
Creating a friendly environment in your yard for dragonflies and damselflies is easier than you think. And even though their life cycle revolves around…More
Author: Guest Author
The best time to plant trees is in the fall or winter because tree roots continue to grow throughout these dormant seasons. By spring, young trees are…More
Topics: Fall, Irrigation, Plants, Winter
Birds add beauty and interest to the winter landscape. Feeders dispensing sunflower seeds, suet and fruit will bring a number of birds in for observation,…More
They create privacy, disguise unattractive views or act as sound barriers. I'm talking about hedges, and they're a great addition to any garden, provided…More
Topics: Maintenance, Planning/Design, Plants
The weather is changing and the nights are longer and cooler. That means it's time to adjust how we care for our lawn.
Beginning in October, our lawns…More
Winter is an ideal time to plant trees and shrubs. Roots have some time to develop before the plants must face the South Texas summer heat.
Tropical plants are beautiful, but a little care needs to be taken during our infrequent cold weather.
Although our winters are mostly mild, it's a…More
Maybe it's time to rock your garden. Droughts will come and go and so will water restrictions, and through it all your plants may struggle. But incorporating…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants
The grass is green so it must be time to start working on the lawn, right? Wrong! The green you see now is just winter weeds. And the best thing you can…More
By Calvin Finch Ph.D., Guest Author
The most attractive landscape to the widest selection of birds is one that offers thickets and tangles. Their coverage…More
Topics: Landscaping, Wildlife
By Cynthia Barsun, Guest Author
Trying to come up with an original Christmas present? Or, just want to brighten a room? I was at a friend's house recently…More
By Cynthia Barsun, Guest Author
Fall is a great time to plant wildflower seeds for spring. Wildflowers not only attract butterflies and other wildlife…More
Topics: Landscaping, Plants
How did your garden grow this year? Do you have more than enough vegetables to give away to family and friends? Consider canning or freezing the extras!
By Cynthia Barsun, Guest Author
Just because you're limited on outdoor space doesn't mean you can't be surrounded by greenery. Consider house plants.…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Plants
Contrary to popular belief, your entire lawn does not have to consist of one type of grass or turf. Just mix it! In fact, single species landscapes, aka…More
Once winter has passed, it is time to usher in the part of the season we gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts love – spring! With the weather still cool and…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design
Around February, area nurseries will begin receiving shipments of fruit trees for the year. Did you know there's a large assortment of fruit trees you…More
There are lots of reasons to harvest rain water. But this one in particular comes to mind. A house with a 1,000-square-foot roof can yield about 600 gallons…More
Familiarize yourself with your irrigation controller and avoid one of the most common mistakes when programming the device. Run times and start times are…More
I know it seems like it will never arrive, but fall is just around the corner — and so is planting season. So right now is the perfect time to rethink…More
Topics: Planning/Design, Plants
Even during some of the hottest times of the summer, South Texas gardeners have lots to do in the garden. If you start early in the morning, stay hydrated…More
Topics: Plants, Starter Gardener
The long established tradition is to buy roses for your loved one on Valentine's Day. This year while you're doing that, consider the roses in your landscape…More
Author: Donna Fossum
Topics: Maintenance, Plants, Winter
There is a common misconception that native plants are not appealing for landscapes. Let's dispel that ugly rumor right here and now.
Topics: Landscaping, Plants, Wildlife
Landscapes that attract feathered friends are easier to create than you might think. Shelter, food and water are the most important elements to incorporate.…More
It's that time of the year when deciduous trees start losing their leaves as we transition into fall. But resist the urge to rake up all that foliage and…More
Topics: Fall, Landscaping, Maintenance
If you've tried using "deer-resistant" plants in your home landscape, you've likely figured out that the label isn't a 100 percent guarantee. To a famished…More
Author: Brad Wier
Topics: Fall, Landscaping, Planning/Design, Wildlife
More than 20 million arrive in Comal County each summer and they're up all night. But they aren't exactly tourists.
Mexican free-tailed bats at Bracken…More
Topics: Spring, Summer, Wildlife
Have you ever seen people waiting for the bus trying desperately to shield themselves from the sun under the sliver of shade from a telephone pole?
Your lawn is a blank canvas waiting to be filled with color and charm. Now that the weather allows for constructive planning and planting, consider adding…More
Mention xeriscape and many homeowners imagine scorched gravel and cactus. It may not be the Gardens of Versailles, but South Texas isn't a desert either!…More
The cooler weather is the perfect time to revive the scorched, bald spots in your lawn.
In fact, converting bald spots in your yard to shrubs or beds…More
Topics: Fall, Landscaping, Irrigation, Planning/Design, Plants
Know when to turn it off. You've seen it emblazoned across billboards throughout San Antonio: SAWS' reminder of the day and times we're allowed to water.…More
Author: Juan Soulas
Topics: Irrigation, Winter
Let's face it. Our landscapes don't look so hot this year. The most obvious reason is the lack of rain. But does your yard look worse than expected? There…More
Seeds are the simplest way to propagate fresh plants. Though not exact duplicates of their parents, plants grown from seeds will exhibit a combination…More
Author: David Abrego
Topics: Plants, Starter Gardener, Winter
If you don't consider yourself an outdoor gardener but still enjoy the natural beauty and benefits of plants, then consider taking the pastime indoors.…More
Topics: Plants, Winter
Maybe you haven't considered cloning your favorite plant, but many garden plants including those sold in warehouse nurseries are clones!
When a fungal outbreak is detected in your lawn, you need to act fast. Use the wisdom at your local nursery to identify the fungus and recommend a solution,…More
Topics: Landscaping, Irrigation, Maintenance, Plants, Spring
The average plot of garden soil is a virtual weed bank where falling seeds have already accumulated for years. Add to this seeds brought every day by wind,…More
Topics: Fall, Landscaping, Maintenance, Plants, Summer
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