Got white grubs, fleas and fungus gnats?? Get beneficial nematodes. They’ll attack these insect pests, but are harmless to humans, plants and pets.
Author: Nathan Riggs
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
Author: David Abrego
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
Author: Mark Peterson
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!
Author: Donna Fossum
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
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design
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
Author: Guest Author
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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