San Antonio is home to one of the world's largest bat colonies — a boon for natural pest control since a bat can eat its weight in insects in a single…More
Author: Sarah Gorton
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Plants, Summer, Wildlife
The last time San Antonio was under Stage 2 watering rules was 2016. So for those new to our city — and for residents who may have forgotten what Stage…More
Author: Mark Peterson
Topics: Landscaping, Irrigation, Maintenance, Outdoor Living, Plants, Summer
Just because you have an irrigation system doesn't mean you have to use it. The hose uses fewer gallons per minute than your in-ground sprinklers, plus…More
Author: Heather Ginsburg
Topics: Irrigation, Summer
You can make your landscape look a little less inviting to deer with plants that offend their sensibilities. Deer sneer at plants that are aromatic, prickly…More
Author: Sasha Kodet
Topics: Landscaping, Plants, Summer, Wildlife
Watering days stay the same in Stage 2 as in Stage 1, but watering hours are shortened: 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your day.San Antonio has only been under…More
Author: Donna Fossum
If you're fortunate enough to have a WaterSaver garden, you can skip the sprinklers and give your plants an early summer grooming instead to help prepare…More
Author: Brad Wier
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance, Outdoor Living, Plants, Summer, Wildlife
If you want to save water (and money) with drip irrigation, it all comes down to selecting the right design for your landscape, installing it properly…More
Applications are now closed for the spring 2018 coupon program.
But it’s not too early to start planning your autumn landscape projects — fall coupons…More
Topics: Rebates & Coupons, Summer
If you've seen a boastfully bright orange butterfly beating about your bushes, you might have a passionflower vine hiding in plain sight. In fact, depending…More
Author: Cleveland Powell
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants, Summer, Wildlife
This free online tool will help you make good water- and money- saving decisions — and avoid the sticker shock of summer water bills.
With San Antonio’s…More
Topics: Maintenance, Planning/Design, Starter Gardener, Summer
Our weekly watering advice tells you, in inches, how much water your lawn needs to stay healthy. But just how long does your sprinkler need to run to dispense…More
Topics: Landscaping, Irrigation, Summer
Steamy temps paired with a short-on-showers spring have taken their toll on the Edwards Aquifer level, prompting a return to Stage 1 landscape watering…More
Topics: Irrigation, Maintenance, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Summer
Festival of Flowers brings together a gaggle of gardening enthusiasts to celebrate their love of gardening, landscaping and horticulture practices. You…More
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Summer
There’s still time to make big water-saving changes to your landscape this spring. Apply for SAWS WaterSaver Landscape and Patioscape coupons — deadline…More
Author: Juan Soulas
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants, Rebates & Coupons, Summer
Tomato and basil will always be BFFs, but you'll discover new wondrous ways to experience this versatile herb during the free event!
Quick — name…More
Author: Sasha Kodet
Topics: Outdoor Living, Plants, Summer, Wildlife
Our landscapes — and food supplies — depend on them. Bee a good neighbor and return the favor with some pollinator-pleasing plantings. We've listed a few…More
Author: Sarah Galvan
Topics: Maintenance, Plants, Summer, Wildlife
There’s absolutely no reason to despair about a garden with heavy shade. You have a multitude of options when it comes to plants. Just think perennials.…More
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Starter Gardener, Summer, Wildlife
Unique landscape architecture. Clever use of native plants. Butterflies, bees and birds. Get a rare look at it all on a self-guided tour of the King William…More
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring
If you’re fond of our feathered friends, take a short drive south to Mitchell Lake and join a celebration for the birds!
Did you know there’s a hidden…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Spring, Wildlife
Still pondering the perfect Mother’s Day gift? We’ve curated a few good ideas that are sure to get her nod of approval.
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring
Are you a WaterSaver Rewards member? You'll have several opportunities May 5 to earn rewards points for water-saving coupons!
Just when you thought…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Rebates & Coupons, Spring
Webworms generally don't pose a threat to a tree's survival. But if you prefer a web-free tree, there are tried-and-true ways to manage these multi-legged…More
Topics: Maintenance, Plants, Spring, Wildlife
Calling all novice landscapers: You've got some learning to do! Sign up for WaterSaver Landscape Design School and go from gardening greenhorn to green…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Rebates & Coupons, Spring
Did you know making retrofits to your sprinkler system can translate to significant water savings? It all starts with a free irrigation consultation from…More
From defining your property line to creating shade and habitat for wildlife, there are so many problems that can be solved with thoughtfully placed plants.Does…More
Forget grackles and pigeons. When you opt for a WaterSaver garden instead of a lawn, you roll out the welcome mat to a host of feathered finery usually…More
Topics: Maintenance, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring, Wildlife
Join us at Earth Day San Antonio and be a part of a celebration that honors the planet, the birth of the Alamo City and the vision for a sustainable future.
The most enchanting outdoor spaces incorporate three elements: lawn, beds and pervious patio. The result is a brilliant balance of beauty and water-wise…More
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring
Compost is like health food for your garden. It enriches the soil with nutrients and increases water infiltration. Knowing a few basics can make it easy-peasy…More
Author: Dana Nichols
Topics: Outdoor Living, Plants, Spring, Starter Gardener
Although many a pundit in print and on TV claims to hold the secret to a beautiful lawn, the answer is quite simple and does not require expensive tools…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Spring
A hummingbird feeder makes it easy to observe these winged wonders in action. But meticulous maintenance of the feeder is critical for the health of these…More
Before you consider re-sodding your lawn, make sure you know SAWS policies regarding new turf. It could save you money!
Maybe you’re looking at your lawn…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring
If you’re in need of a few great ideas to take your yard to the next level, you’ll want to take the annual WaterSaver Landscape Tour this Saturday, April…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Rebates & Coupons, Spring
There are lots of plants that have some degree of toxicity to pets, but most are not a threat except in extreme cases of allergy or unusual consumption.By…More
Author: Guest Author
Spring caterpillars have arrived. They're famished and and your trees are the le plat du jour. Fear not! The birds are on it.
Spring is here and that…More
Topics: Plants, Spring, Wildlife
Is your backyard a bland expanse of sickly, sun-baked carpet grass with a tiny builder's patio and no charm in sight? Use our coupons and rebates to transform…More
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Rebates & Coupons, Spring
Spring is here and that means it’s time to start barbecuing — and getting your irrigation system in good working order.
An irrigation system checkup…More
Author: Adolph Garcia
Topics: Irrigation, Spring
Durable, drought-tolerant and deer-resistant, damianita deserves a permanent place in your landscape. And that's why we've added it to our list of approved…More
Topics: Planning/Design, Plants, Rebates & Coupons, Spring
That drippy faucet is more than just an annoyance. It's downright wasteful. One out of every 10 homes has leaks — often hidden from view — that waste nearly…More
Is it a pesky weed or an advantageous addition to your yard? Think twice before ridding your landscape of these broadleaf plants.
While many dismiss…More
Topics: Plants, Spring
River rocks are an attractive addition to the landscape — as long as they are appropriately sized and serve a functional purpose. By Brad Wier and Dana…More
Want to save a ton of water (and have a little extra free time on your hands)? Garden in harmony with the area’s natural conditions.
Got ants in your plants? There are three simple ingredients you can mix to create an effective and natural treatment for fire ants.
Author: Nathan Riggs
Topics: Maintenance, Plants, Wildlife
Wild about wildflowers? Follow our favorite routes — and discover a few other stops along the way — for picture-worthy fields of flowers.
While a mostly…More
Don't just dream about having a lush, water-efficient landscape and inviting outdoor living space. Create it (and save a ton of money) using SAWS WaterSaver…More
Topics: Plants, Rebates & Coupons, Spring
The time to fertilize grass is when it's actively growing, which usually begins in mid-April. If you want to do something nice for your lawn right now,…More
Got an irrigation system? If you've been pondering making changes to it — or getting rid of it altogether — now is the time. You may qualify for our irrigation…More
Topics: Irrigation, Rebates & Coupons
Low-growing, low-maintenance and colorful, there are three skullcap species that are just right for your landscape — whether it's in full sun or partial…More
Author: Sarah Galvan
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Winter
As if saving water wasn’t rewarding enough, now you can earn points for increasing your water-saving wisdom — and cash them in for coupons to use on water-saving…More
Topics: Rebates & Coupons, 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
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