Can’t get enough of Garden Style San Antonio via the weekly e-newsletter? Follow @MySAWS on Twitter and Periscope for bonus water-saving and gardening-related…More
Author: Daniel Vargas
Topics: How-to Videos
Pledged to become a champion for monarch butterflies, San Antonio has taken the lead in becoming a place where monarchs can live, breed and feed along…More
Author: Nathan Riggs
Topics: Fall, Outdoor Living, Plants, Spring, Wildlife
Monarch butterfly way stations are beautiful and purposeful; rain gardens are functional, but there is no reason why they can't be beautiful, too!
Author: Heather Ginsburg
Topics: Plants, Wildlife
If you have an irrigation system that no longer functions, or you don’t want the hassle of maintaining it, consider removing it completely — you just might…More
Topics: Fall, Landscaping, Irrigation, Maintenance, Rebates & Coupons, Spring, Summer
Whether you’re currently planning the details of a project or simply mulling over some preliminary ideas, the first step is to schedule a free SAWS Irrigation…More
Author: Juan Soulas
Frigid temps are behind us, just in time to scratch that get-outside-and-garden-itch — and partake in another round of WaterSaver Coupons.
Author: Donna Fossum
Topics: Landscaping, Rebates & Coupons
If you’re growing modern, ever-blooming roses like hybrid teas (including Knockouts and Belinda’s Dream), February is the time for renewal pruning.
Author: Brad Wier
Topics: Maintenance, Spring
Roses are red, violets are blue, giving the wrong flower to your Valentine could be calamitous for you. Learn the meaning behind the valentine flowers…More
Author: Vickie Castilleja
The Sweetheart Rose is ideally suited for smaller, very sunny yards. Lucky for you, it’s also an EarthKind rose and is included in the spring 2016 WaterSaver…More
Author: Dana Nichols
Before you nix the xeriscape, know this: it doesn't mean you have to convert your lawn to a rock garden. Nor do you have to go cold turkey on turfgrass. But…More
Author: Mark Peterson
Birds are living color. To partake in some of the color, take a mini stay-cation. Just 15 minutes south of downtown is the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center,…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Wildlife
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
Topics: Maintenance, Winter
Rocks rock when you use them strategically and effectively. But rocks are not a requirement of a water-savvy landscape. We’ll give you three reasons why.
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design
There are lots of plants that really enjoy the cool season and are ready for a long and happy life in South Texas. So get planting!
Don’t let the cold,…More
Topics: Planning/Design, Plants, Starter Gardener, Winter
Cacti and succulents are attention-getting, easy care additions to the landscape. And they practically guarantee a yard that looks as good in winter as…More
Author: Guest Author
If you've been watering all winter, you may need to wage a war on weeds. Here are the five usual suspects that may be seizing your lawn.
Winter is the perfect time to take on a landscape project in San Antonio. It's comfortable to work outside, and plants will get a chance to get their…More
Author: Karen Guz
In the South, woody plants and evergreens go into dormancy, except for the roots which retain some cellular activity and growth. That makes the month of…More
Topics: Plants, Winter
It’s a new year for new resolutions. If walking is one of yours, lace up your sneakers and stroll some of our favorite haunts for exercise and landscape…More
When it comes to poinsettias, living in South Texas has its perks — you can incorporate them into your landscape for perpetual beauty beyond the holidays!
Topics: Maintenance, Plants, Winter
One way to choose plants your HOA will approve of is to consider the same specimens used in the common areas of your neighborhood. Even simpler: go with…More
Topics: Fall, Maintenance, Planning/Design, Plants, Spring, Summer, Winter
It’s winter and if you’re watering the lawn more than once in a 30-day period, you’re creating the perfect conditions for the dreaded lawn fungi.
The Shops at La Cantera is a good example of how lush a water-saver landscape can look when it’s smartly designed and managed.
By Brad Wier and Rebecca…More
Topics: Landscaping, Irrigation, Planning/Design
You can garden even in the winter. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t spend time in your garden. Tool maintenance and prepping your…More
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance, Planning/Design, Winter
The monarchs are on the move. Help them along their journey by planting native milkweed and flowers with lots of nectar.
Milkweed, the Asclepias genus,…More
Topics: Fall, Plants, Wildlife, Winter
Your garden may look boring and bleak to you, but to winter wildlife it’s a veritable safe haven brimming with food and shelter from the elements.South…More
Living Christmas trees may not be prevalent in South Texas, but there are a few good options if you want a little Christmas all year through.
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants, Winter
Whether you’re the recipient or giver of a living gift, follow our tips to keep those gifts giving long after the holidays are over.Several years ago I…More
Author: Erin Conant
This is the time of year to prune your trees. But before sharpening your chainsaw, think about what actually needs pruning.
Yes, it is an arborist’s favorite…More
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance, Winter
Before you banish the ball moss from your trees, know this: it is not a parasite. Ball moss does not feed on your trees, but only uses them for structural…More
Customize your own holiday door décor with just a few materials — including one that’s absolutely free and widely available this time of year: Ball moss.
Topics: How-to Videos, Planning/Design, Plants, Winter
Leaves provide an almost endless supply of essential nutrients to your landscape. Mowing and leaving them exactly where they fall can provide multiple…More
Topics: Fall, Plants
Harvesting food from our own gardens is an activity humans have been savoring for centuries. And it’s truly not difficult to do.
Forget fighting the crowds…More
With Thanksgiving just days away, you may be thinking about your holiday table. It’s not too late to create a beautiful centerpiece.
Fall is my favorite…More
Topics: Fall, Outdoor Living
SAWS sewer charges are based on your average winter water use. So watering your landscape less now can add up to big savings throughout 2016.
Author: Adolph Garcia
Topics: Fall, Irrigation, Summer
Are you a team player? Be the point guard of your neighborhood — transform your landscape into a water-saving winner and "spur" your neighbors on to gardening…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Rebates & Coupons
Wishing you had a flagstone patioscape where you could huddle around a fire pit on a chilly fall night? Use one of our WaterSaver Coupons to help defray…More
Topics: Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Rebates & Coupons
Pre-holiday prep should begin now. Is your landscape ready for decorating? Now’s the perfect time to tend to some landscape chores.
I've learned there are few plants that can survive the neglect that many of us can cast on our garden. Thyme is one of them.
Nothing weathers the storm…More
By Cynthia Barsun, Guest Author
The arrival of fall means no more Daylight Saving Time — hope you also remembered to turn off the automatic clock on…More
Craving fall color in your landscape? Consider using the WaterSaver Landscape Coupon to add drought-tough and colorful trees and shrubs for fall color…More
Topics: Fall, Rebates & Coupons
The only plant activities happening this time of year are food storage and some root growth. That means you can turn off your irrigation system and let…More
The weather is changing and your landscape doesn’t have that unquenchable thirst for water as it did in the summer. October marks the time of year to make…More
Topics: Landscaping, Irrigation, Maintenance, Planning/Design, Rebates & Coupons, Spring, Summer
The Watersaver coupon season is upon us and if you been wanting to participate in the SAWS WaterSaver Landscape or Patioscape coupon program, but were…More
Get a rare look at landscapes that offer very different approaches in design, but share the common goal of saving water.
By Anne Schiller and Karen Stamm
This shady retreat is not only a feast of foliage for the eyes, it boasts native species, requires very little water, maintenance and fertilization, and…More
From time to time we like to reveal what your fellow readers are asking about. The questions tend to be seasonal, though not always.
Below are some…More
Is your landscape water savvy? Friendly to urban wildlife? Less than 50 percent grass? Then your landscape may be worthy of recognition.
It’s coming soon!…More
Looking to landscape with lavender? One of the best things about this sweet-smelling herb is its love for the dry climate and rocky soils of the Texas…More
Some of the cool season herbs can be used as food plants for many common butterfly caterpillars. Popular cool season herbs that double as caterpillar foods…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Wildlife, Winter
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