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
Author: Mark Peterson
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
Topics: Plants, Summer
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
Author: Donna Fossum
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
Author: Brad Wier
Topics: Irrigation, Summer
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.
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.
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance, Summer
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
Author: David Abrego
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
Author: Heather Ginsburg
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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