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
Author: Guest Author
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
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants
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
There is a common misconception that native plants are not appealing for landscapes. Let's dispel that ugly rumor right here and now.
Author: Donna Fossum
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
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring
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
Not everyone has yard space for a grand garden. But you can work with what you've got. A container garden is a great alternative for small spaces.
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance, Planning/Design
This new year, make a concerted effort to be more eco-friendly and water-wise. You can start in your yard by reducing, reusing and recycling. Of course,…More
Author: Dana Nichols
Like a friend who lends a hand pulling weeds or installing a new watering timer for your outdoor faucet, garden helpers come in various forms – each with…More
Author: Erin Conant
Topics: Plants, Wildlife
In celebration of the fall growing season, we're highlighting some of our favorite herbs.
Kicking it off is rosemary, a very "in" herb. Check out its…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants, Winter
Pigment aka color is one of the first things we notice when we cast our eyes on a new place. Dark, light, bold, muted, bright, rich and soft are all words…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants, Summer, Wildlife
Compared to store-bought annuals, perennials are reliable, resilient staples of a water-saving landscape. Perennials live more than one year with some,…More
The gardening world is filled with confusing landscaping lingo, such as different names for the same plant and terms that are used separately and interchangeably.…More
There's a movement afoot encouraging more sustainable landscapes, that is, yards that survive on homemade compost, natural pesticides and rain water. In…More
Author: Mark Peterson
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance, Planning/Design, Winter
To me, there's nothing more picturesque and peaceful than being amongst leafy giants, basking in their lovely shade and bearing witness to the wildlife…More
As we begin to spot the scorched and parched San Antonio landscapes, many of us begin dreaming of a day when we are free from the worries of brown, crunchy…More
Topics: Plants, Summer
Got a fountain in your landscape? You can now enjoy the soothing sounds of it — and other water features — while kicking back in your garden watching the…More
Often, we're asked about lawn mowing and its relation to maintaining a healthy, drought-tolerant lawn. Although we discourage expansive areas of grass,…More
All new plants require mindful watering to get them off to a good start. Once plants are properly established, they respond with vigor and need surprisingly…More
Topics: Irrigation, Plants, Starter Gardener, Summer
San Antonio boasts many great spots for wildlife watching, such as Mitchell Lake, Friedrich Wilderness Park and Government Canyon. What if you could create…More
After years of drought restrictions and drought many of us may be wondering why we have lawns at all. It's time to lose the lawn.
Factor in the chemicals,…More
Topics: Plants, Rebates & Coupons
Winter has arrived and it's time to do our seasonal gardening chores. There are several tasks you can do to keep up your garden and garden tools during…More
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance, Winter
What is a Xeriscape?
HOW TO PRONOUNCE “XERISCAPE” (zîr’ i˘-ska¯p‘) zer-i-scape ZIH-rih-skape Xeriscape is a trademarked term created by Denver…More
Author: Karen Guz
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Starter Gardener
WaterSaver landscapes are composed of no more than 50 percent turf — less is even better. Although some grass varieties need less water than others, all…More
Ever wonder what it means when people say they have a green thumb? It's simple really. Someone who possesses a green thumb has a knack for gardening.
Topics: Starter Gardener
For many of us, fall is the best time of the year. It comes in the form of cooler, more pleasing temperatures and the end to daylight saving time.
Topics: Fall, Landscaping, Irrigation, Plants
Pomegranate has long been a symbol of love, fertility and prosperity in many civilizations. Warriors once ate it before battles because they believed it…More
Before embarking on a construction project, whether it's a new home build or addition of a pool or driveway, be aware of the harm that can occur to the…More
Topics: Planning/Design, Plants, Summer
Aren't weeds the eternal gardening problem? We create a new bed, plant new grass or spend hours pulling up weeds only to find new ones taking root a week…More
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