If designing or refreshing your landscape is on your to-do list, start by perusing a few locally relevant books. They provide inspiration and lots of much-needed…More
Author: Heather Ginsburg
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design
Mulch is a natural way to enhance organic matter and retain moisture in urban soils. Early fall is the best time to apply mulch to your landscape for maximum…More
Author: Mark Peterson
Topics: Fall, Landscaping
Using the summer sun (solarization) as a process of weakening or killing unwanted plants by harnessing the sun’s intensity. And summertime — in the full…More
Author: Guest Author
We’re boosting some of the old options and adding a few new features at the suggestion of some of our readers. Our goal is to make the site more functional…More
Author: Donna Fossum
Drip irrigation delivers water to the root zone of your plants right where they need it and without all the extra spray that causes rampant mold, weeds,…More
Author: Brad Wier
Topics: Fall, Irrigation, Plants, Spring, Summer, Winter
Just like on an artist's palette, hue is a powerful tool in the landscape. Think of your garden as a blank canvas. The goal is to create a focal point…More
Topics: Plants, Spring
Did you know there’s a feature on just about every irrigation controller that makes controlling the run times a lot easier? Unfortunately most people with…More
Author: Adolph Garcia
Cenizo is a stalwart in the natural Texas landscape. On a rocky western outcrop on a scorching August day, its blooms cover hillsides and valleys with…More
Topics: Landscaping, Plants
Ladybugs make for great natural pest control in your landscape since they feed on other insects to survive. But before you set them free to feed, follow…More
Author: Nathan Riggs
Topics: Outdoor Living, Plants, Summer, Wildlife
Whether planted in pots, or used as a border or ground cover, rosemary will serve you well in your landscape (bees love it!) and kitchen (it adds fabulous…More
Author: David Abrego
Join us under the tent, for our program, Designer Landscapes for Historic SA presented by San Antonio Water System GardenStyleSA.com.
This free event…More
Author: Juan Soulas
Grouping several of the same plants together is a great way to create movement and a serene scene in your landscape.
Want to keep your upcoming landscape…More
Gulf muhly grass is easy to grow and has a unique resistance to our temperatures and soils. And with color ranging from pink to purple and every shade…More
Topics: Fall, Plants
Why high-end landscape design can, and often does, save water
Have you ever driven through a high-end neighborhood and thought, “Whoa! Niiiiice yard!…More
Mountain laurel withstands reflected heat, thrives in poor alkaline soils, and only needs a little bit of water in return. These traits make it a great…More
Got a circular driveway? Don’t let this prime island of space go to waste. Use our Fall coupons to showcase a watersaver landscape!
A circular driveway…More
Topics: Fall, Rebates & Coupons
Palms provide a great tropical feel to your landscape without excessive maintenance and now is a great time to plant them. See the seven best we suggest…More
Whether you want to reduce the amount of grass in your landscape or just spruce it up, our WaterSaver Coupons can help you make water-saving upgrades to…More
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design
Butterflies go gaga over Gregg's mistflower — and it makes an attractive, unconventional groundcover. In addition, it's a tough native Texan!
I am so…More
Topics: Fall, Plants, Rebates & Coupons, Wildlife
Both Mexican and European olives are xeric plants and both can tolerate heat and drought.
Mexican and European olive are xeric plants and both are included…More
Topics: Fall, Planning/Design, Plants
Mexican olive makes a dynamic focal point in a garden bed. And, it's one of the many beautiful choices available for the fall WaterSaver Landscape Coupon.
Topics: Planning/Design, Plants, Rebates & Coupons, Starter Gardener
The very best way to limit oak wilt is selecting and planting the best oak species for our region that are resistant to this deadly disease.
Many of you…More
Topics: Maintenance, Planning/Design, Plants
A lot of mythology surrounds the oak wilt disease that's so common in our region. Arborist Mark Peterson sets the record straight.
During the last millennium,…More
True to its name, Big Bend yucca is a West Texas native that’s able to tolerate serious sun, heat and drought.
The first week of August can be tough in…More
Incorporating agaves into your landscape doesn’t have to be painful. There are a few agaves — and a few similar big succulents — that have soft or spineless…More
Late summer is a good time to do some simple touch-up maintenance — mulching, replanting, pruning — to your landscape.
Late summer is a good time to just…More
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance, Summer
Want a plant to attract all the hummingbirds in the neighborhood to your garden? Look no further!
Flame acanthus is a tough, Texas native perennial…More
Topics: Plants, Summer
On the hottest days of the year, the drought-hardy Pride of Barbados shrugs off dry weather and offers up fantastic cone-like flowers in orange, red and…More
The hot dry weather has returned and with it the possibility of Stage 1 drought restrictions. For now, we remain in year-round watering rules.
Topics: Irrigation, Summer
All plants need water. But how much and how often varies from plant to plant.
Although there are various recommendations floating around out there, we…More
Topics: Irrigation, Maintenance, Plants, Summer
Cape Plumbago - Cool Color for High Heat Landscapes
As most gardeners know, there is a season for everything… especially plants. With that in mind our…More
Lavender is a multitasking herb – beautiful in the landscape attracting wildlife and functional in the kitchen when added to food and drinks.
I love lavender!…More
Author: Vickie Castilleja
San Antonio Water System Project Coordinator Mark Peterson demonstrates how to use common garden herbs as natural bug repellents.
Plant rosemary, lavender,…More
There are so many things to do with herbs — from adding them to our culinary delights, to making refreshing drinks on hot summer days or using them for…More
Before you run out to buy chemical pesticides for your yard, there are a number of herbs that grow well in our area that are also natural insect repellents.
There’s a trick to watering efficiently without creating excessive evaporation or runoff. It involves precision and an important piece of equipment — the…More
Topics: How-to Videos
Declare your independence from a boring landscape this season with a spark of American spirit. Here's a list of our favorite plants bursting with patriotic…More
The first days of full scorch are here. Before you turn up your sprinkler systems — and double your water bill — consider what areas of your landscape…More
Aphid populations can increase rapidly on a plant. Luckily, there are six simple ways to control them.
Summertime can be a great time for outdoor fun…More
Topics: Landscaping, How-to Videos, Maintenance, Summer
How often you mow and how short you cut the grass can determine how much water you save — or waste.
We hear it all the time, and I mean all the time:…More
Topics: Maintenance, Summer
Grass burs typically take root in late winter, but in Texas they can sprout several times a year. The trick is to suppress them before the seeds germinate.
Weeds are a part of life when you garden, but constantly pulling them doesn’t have to be! Try this simple and natural recipe for killing weeds.
Topics: Landscaping, How-to Videos, Maintenance, Plants, Spring, Summer
Summertime means camping time – what will your kids be doing this summer? Getting in touch with nature is on the agenda at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.
We’re not able to control how much rain we receive, but we can minimize elements in the landscape that encourage insects and their fungal friends.
The summer season can be rough on your plants and trees, but following a few simple rules will help make life easier for your green friends. Summer landscape…More
Whether you’re looking for a solution for an existing Hill Country landscape or installing a brand new one, adjust expectations right at the start and…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants
Bees play a special role in our environment and landscape. But you don't need beekeeper skills to encourage them to visit your landscape and pollinate…More
Topics: Plants, Summer, Wildlife
The clear benefit of using groundcovers instead of grass is less of everything — less water, less fertilizer, less pesticides and less mowing.
Topics: Landscaping, Summer
Ollas are an ancient and very efficient method of “drip” irrigation useful for vegetable gardens, raised beds and containers.
An ancient and very efficient…More
Topics: Irrigation, Maintenance
Get the “real dirt” from the author and designer who literally wrote the book on Central Texas gardening.
Pam Penick is a gardening coach and mentor…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Starter Gardener
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