Did you know bluebonnets aren't always blue? They actually come in seven different hues, all of which are legally the Texas state flower.
Who has not…More
Author: Mark Peterson
Topics: Plants, Spring
Got a large lawn? Maintaining it doesn't have to be a huge chore. Just follow our four simple rules and you'll dramatically reduce your water usage, along…More
The right landscape tour can be a great source of inspiration and ideas. If you’re considering making landscape changes using SAWS’ WaterSaver Coupons,…More
Author: Juan Soulas
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design
When it comes to low maintenance, damianita reigns! Plant this drought-mocking native and you will have a bright display of color, texture AND butterflies!…More
Author: Sarah Galvan
The mild, moist winter has provided the perfect environment for cool-season weeds. The best weapon against them is your mower or weed eater — especially…More
Author: Brad Wier
Topics: Maintenance, Plants, Spring
Capturing the rain is a great way to save water and irrigate your garden. If you already have rain barrels, just follow these simple steps and you'll be…More
Author: Guest Author
year’s event is all about rain gardens — how to build them, use them and, most
importantly, what types of plants to put in them.
Topics: Outdoor Living, Spring
intrepid women, Lee Marlowe with the San Antonio River Authority and Heather
Ginsberg with San Antonio Water System, brave raging wind and rain to…More
Author: Heather Ginsburg
Topics: How-to Videos, Planning/Design, Spring
When it comes to gardening, what happens in
Vegas should stay in Vegas. Here’s why Sin City’s gravel-gilded grounds aren’t
a good gamble in Texas’ terrain.
Author: Dana Nichols
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design
Forget weed and feeds. The best fertilizer for your lawn is a dressing of compost in the spring and autumn, and allowing the leaves and grass clippings…More
Topics: Maintenance, Spring
Providing nectar sources for butterflies is important due to habitat loss and increased use of pesticides in crop fields. You can do your part to provide…More
Topics: Planning/Design, Plants, Wildlife
to lay out a planting bed for the next WaterSaver coupon? Measuring wheels and
tapes are obvious choices. But you can also get creative with other,…More
Author: Erin Conant
Topics: Planning/Design, Starter Gardener
The first flocks of purple martins will be back from Brazil this week. If you're enjoying the return of your martins, you're not alone: It's the weekend…More
Roses are a beautiful, xeric addition to any landscape in San Antonio, provided they have a little sun. Here are four robust varieties that can tolerate…More
If you’re growing modern, ever-blooming roses like hybrid teas (including Knockouts and Belinda’s Dream), February is the time for renewal pruning.
Recent below-freezing temperatures damaged some semi-evergreen plants, while others may only appear that way. It’s not a bad idea to wait for spring and…More
Topics: Maintenance, Plants, Winter
Know what to prune and when. Every cut you make signals a plant’s dormant cells to initiate new shoots; pruning too early can put tender new growth at…More
Author: David Abrego
Capture the beauty of an early Texas spring — plant ornamental trees and shrubs. They’re some of the first to flower and are early nectar sources for pollinating…More
Topics: Planning/Design, Plants, Spring
Believe it or not, you can successfully grow citrus trees in San Antonio — and they’ll even produce fruit. It just depends on what you plant and where.…More
Author: Donna Fossum
The mostly mild South Texas winter months are a pleasant, comfortable time to putter around your yard. You may even work up a little sweat and drop a few…More
Topics: Maintenance, Winter
Building a flagstone patio is a lot like putting together a puzzle. It's also an entertaining project for the whole family. Just follow our simple steps.
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design
Here in South Texas, January is the perfect time to plant because the ground never freezes. And the list of plant options is extensive, so don’t let these…More
Topics: Plants, Winter
It may seem counterintuitive, but winter is the best time to plant — at least here in South Texas. And your options of what to plant are numerous. They…More
Don't trash your Christmas tree — recycle it into nutrient-rich mulch for your garden! There are drop-off locations throughout the city that will be in…More
Topics: Maintenance, Wildlife, Winter
Pamper your poinsettia. With proper care it’ll serve you long after the holidays as a xeric evergreen perennial in your landscape.
Living in South Texas…More
San Antonio is home to three different species of jaybirds. If you’re observant and patient, maybe you’ll get to see one of these feathered jewels this…More
Author: Nathan Riggs
No, that's not cotton candy clinging to the pads of your prickly pear plant. It's actually a harmless scale insect that not only feeds on the plant’s moisture…More
Not sure what to do after visiting and feasting with family and friends? Start a new tradition — buy a tree in advance and present it to the group as a…More
Topics: Fall, Landscaping
Ball moss or mistletoe hanging out in the canopy of your yard won’t necessarily kill your trees, but it’s good to know the difference between these often-misunderstood…More
Topics: Fall, Plants
Got herbs in your winter garden? Now’s the time to harvest them and make your holiday feast all the more savory.
Holiday feasts are the perfect opportunity…More
We all have that one individual in our lives who’s hard to shop for during the Christmas season. Why not give them the gift of gardening? Be it our mother,…More
Topics: Maintenance, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Starter Gardener, Winter
Never mind that the wildflower seed packet says to sow in early fall. Here in South Texas — where temperatures often stay mild through December — it’s…More
The humble acorn is more than just a tasty snack for many mammals, birds and insects. It’s also a valuable tool used by botanists to identify oak trees.…More
Want to keep the holiday feeling in your landscape long after Christmas has passed? Check out this compact list of yuletide yard additions.
Winter is the perfect time to tend to your trees. Follow these simple TLC tips.
Although the winter season in San Antonio isn’t very distinct, it’s…More
Selecting and planting trees isn’t rocket science. But knowing a few basics before you buy can help ensure the survival of your freshly sown sapling.
The holiday season is nearly upon us and that means it’s time to get crafty! Here’s a simple project you can make to dress up your door and welcome weary…More
Ever wonder if you might be overwatering your lawn? No need for guesswork. Just step outside and check for these sure signs of too much watering.
Topics: Fall, Irrigation
There are no truly deer-proof plants — except for plastic and silk ones. But stick with these tried-and-true choices and you shouldn’t have an issue with…More
Cover crops are an easy and economical way to provide extra natural fertilizer to your landscape or garden’s soil. And they have the ability to go "where…More
Ryegrass can use twice as much water as St. Augustine and it can weaken other grasses. So unless you enjoy spending money on your lawn during the winter…More
The end of Daylight Saving Time means setting your clocks back one hour. It’s also the perfect time to dial back your irrigation system controllers.
Topics: Landscaping, Irrigation
Contrary to popular belief, tree roots do not cause cracks in water or sewer pipes. They will exploit existing cracks, though. Just plan ahead before planting…More
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance
Migrating monarch butterflies have been spotted in San Antonio on their way to the oyamel forests of Michoacán, Mexico for winter hibernation.More
Topics: Fall, Wildlife
Understory is the unsung hero of your landscape, providing critical habitat for wildlife and requiring zero maintenance. Yet, it’s often underutilized.…More
Understory trees like Mexican buckeye and Mexican plum provide a multitude of benefits such as color, layering and buffering from pesky neighbors. And…More
While fall is the perfect season to plant spring wildflowers in Texas, our weather is so unpredictable that the seeds often don’t get the right combination…More
All hail the pepper! Come celebrate the hot and spicy specimen — and learn all about other aromatic plants — during this year’s Herb Market, Saturday,…More
Topics: Fall, Outdoor Living
Autumn is a great time to work out in your yard, and there’s no better way to make changes to your landscape than by using SAWS WaterSaver Coupons! Deadline…More
Topics: Landscaping, Rebates & Coupons
Although we can’t control the weather, we can do other things to reduce the chances of lawn disease — now and in the future.
San Antonio lawns frequently…More
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