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
Author: David Abrego
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
Author: Heather Ginsburg
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design
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
Topics: Plants, Spring
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
Author: Brad Wier
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
Author: Mark Peterson
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
Author: Juan Soulas
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.
Author: Donna Fossum
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
Author: Nathan Riggs
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.
Author: Guest Author
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
Got white grubs, fleas and fungus gnats?? Get beneficial nematodes. They’ll attack these insect pests, but are harmless to humans, plants and pets.
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Plants, Rebates & Coupons, Spring, Summer
Vines are the perfect plants to soften the look of garden structures like pergolas, walls or frames.
If you want to soften the look of garden structures…More
Topics: Planning/Design, Plants, Spring, Summer
With the right plant selection and installation, and correct amount of soil, compost and mulch, a landscape can be both healthy and attractive — and require…More
Topics: Landscaping, Irrigation, Planning/Design
Get your irrigation system into great shape for the summer season and you’ll see a smaller waistline on your water bill!
Irrigation systems represent…More
Topics: Irrigation, Rebates & Coupons, Spring, Summer
Sure, there are a few species of ants that haven't exactly endeared themselves to humans (I'm looking at you, fire ants), but most ants go about their…More
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Spring, Summer, Wildlife
Fiesta may only come once a year, but you can enjoy the bold, beautiful colors of this hometown celebration year-round right in your own landscape!
Topics: Plants, Rebates & Coupons
Itching to change up your landscape, but not sure where to start? Visit our Landscape Design Center for quick-start plans so you can tackle your landscape…More
Author: Dana Nichols
This is the last call for the 2016 Watersaver Tour. There are still a few reservations left for the 2016 WaterSaver Landscape Tour in the Inverness neighborhood.…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Spring
Get a rare look at landscapes that offer very different approaches in design, but share the common goal of saving water at the 2016 WaterSaver Landscape…More
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring
Thinking about faking it? Synthetic turf is not the solution for most San Antonio yards, but in limited areas that are highly shaded, it is a good alternative…More
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance
Thinking about adding some living sculptures to your landscape? Keep in mind the ongoing maintenance involved before taking the shears to your entire yard.
Topics: Maintenance, Plants
Got ants in your plants? There are three simple ingredients you can mix to create an effective and natural treatment for fire ants.
Temperatures are warming,…More
Topics: Landscaping, How-to Videos, Maintenance, Spring, Summer, Wildlife
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