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
Author: Guest Author
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
Author: Mark Peterson
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
Author: Nathan Riggs
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
Author: Heather Ginsburg
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
Author: Donna Fossum
Topics: Landscaping, Rebates & Coupons
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
Author: Erin Conant
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
Save the Date: The historic Pearl Brewery will be all about herbs come Saturday, Oct. 17.
By Evelyn Penrod
It’s fall and that means it’s time for the…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Plants
Get an up-close-and-personal look at landscapes with loads of color and style that use very little water.
The annual showcase of unique, watersaver landscapes…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design
Always let nature be your guide when choosing oaks. Pick oaks based on the type of soil you have and plant them according to the best location for each…More
The WaterSaver coupon program is a great way to help you maximize your landscaping budget. Plan ahead and read these six tips before starting your project.
Author: Vickie Castilleja
Topics: Fall, Landscaping, Planning/Design, Plants, Rebates & Coupons, Spring, Starter Gardener
In our Water Saver Landscape coupon program, we often include Earth-Kind roses as eligible species to include. Several coupon recipients and one or two…More
Topics: Plants, Rebates & Coupons
The term sustainability has different meanings for everyone. But there are many things we can all do together to help make our city more sustainable —…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design
South Texas is generally still hot and dry in September so we need options to reduce water loss and encourage root growth. Mulch fulfills these needs wonderfully.
A fire pit doesn’t have to cost a fortune. This one is functional and frugal — and it gives new life to an old charcoal grill. S’mores anyone?
Author: Lisa Spears
Topics: Outdoor Living
Although certain citrus fruit trees are cold sensitive and require a bit of care, there are several that are well-adapted to our climate. Choose wisely…More
Author: David Abrego
In Japan, cherry blossoms are a symbol of beauty and fragility — a national symbol, to be sure, and the inspiration for countless outdoor festivals. But…More
Author: Brad Wier
How much do I love trees? Let me count the ways… they reduce your cooling needs. They purify the air. They provide much-needed shade. What’s not to love?
Living sustainably can be as simple as purchasing goods from local businesses or from companies that give back to the community. Think about what you can…More
It’s a common sight in a Hill Country landscape — a Texas-sized limestone boulder at the end of the drive. Learn how to make it work for you to create…More
Fall is the perfect time to plant trees. And while it doesn’t feel quite like autumn yet, we’re ushering it in with a new fall coupon program. Starting…More
Topics: Fall, Maintenance, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Rebates & Coupons
For one San Antonian the opportunity to create a landscape that saves water and serves as an oasis for people and wildlife convinced him to take advantage…More
Dicen los sabios que el enojo es buen sentimiento, si lo expresamos contra la persona indicada, en el momento preciso, y en la forma correcta. De igual…More
Topics: Maintenance, Outdoor Living, Plants, Wildlife
Muchas veces al querer hacer un bien terminamos sin querer haciendo daño, al decir esto nos estamos refiriendo al cuidado que le damos a los arboles al…More
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance, Planning/Design, Plants
El desarrollo urbano está transformando nuestro alrededor. A medida que nuestra ciudad crece y se construyen más casas y negocios, la vida silvestre…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Wildlife
Dicen que las noticias malas vuelan rápido, pero en este caso las buenas se adelantaron. Una tarde al final de la primavera cuando todos en el Jardín Del…More
Topics: Maintenance, Planning/Design, Plants, Starter Gardener
Silencioso en algún lugar de nuestro patio observamos a este miembro del jardín recordarle al distraído visitante de su presencia,…More
No necesitas ser Steven Spielberg para saborear las maravillas del Jurásico, no necesitas encontrar una cámara del tiempo que te traslade…More
Topics: Maintenance, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Starter Gardener
Hay sensaciones de paz y tranquilidad que son difícil de describir como por ejemplo el reconfortante sonido del silencio; o como…More
Si queremos suavizar el aspecto de alguna estructura como pérgolas, paredes o darle forma a un marco en un jardín o si lo que busquemos simplemente privacidad…More
Topics: Plants, Starter Gardener
The understory is often seen as the underdog of the plant world. But in reality, the understory is the workhorse of a forest, facilitating growth for all…More
Topics: Fall, Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Plants, Wildlife
If you have a tendency to complain about having immense amounts of shade in your yard, you won’t get any sympathy from me – not this native Texan.
School teachers by and large are creative people who are constantly thinking of new projects and craft ideas to help children learn and grow. I don’t know…More
Topics: Planning/Design, Summer
By Ryan Davila
Many people think of a forest and immediately imagine trees towering far above their heads. Although this is one component of a forest,…More
Drip irrigation has always been considered an efficient method of watering a landscape; efficient meaning a uniform amount of water applied over a uniform…More
Topics: Irrigation, Maintenance
Keeping a beautiful landscape in South Texas requires a delicate balance of water, nutrients, sunlight and the right plants to make everything work in…More
Topics: Landscaping, Irrigation, Maintenance, Outdoor Living, Spring, Summer, Wildlife
By Nathan Glavy
As of July 31, customers of San Antonio Water System had to officially say goodbye to the flexibility of year round restrictions and…More
Few suspect and even fewer know that I really enjoy cooking, especially with fresh vegetables and herbs from a garden. But I live in an apartment and many…More
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance, Summer
Even though we think of many insects and arachnids as pests, all creatures perform a role in their ecosystems, even systems as small as a backyard. Scorpions…More
Because the hot, dry South Texas summer weather has returned and the Edwards Aquifer level continues to drop, San Antonio has returned to Stage 1 drought…More
If unique yard art appeals to you, then the flea market might be your shopping destination. Here are some tips to know before you go.
For me, flea markets…More
Topics: Outdoor Living, Planning/Design, Summer
The heat and high temps of the summer, particularly in July and August, aren't the only culprits that take a toll on your lawn. If your St. Augustine grass…More
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance, Summer, Wildlife
For now, native and established trees don't need any supplemental water. But should the weather turn particularly dry, they might. Just be sure to water…More
Topics: Irrigation, Maintenance, Summer
Calling all weekend warriors! Here's a simple side-yard scheme to make the space functional and beautiful — or, at the very least, hide your trash/recycling…More
Topics: Landscaping, Maintenance, Planning/Design, Summer
Time to challenge your creativity and makes this place your home.
You’re the proud owner of a new home. After you get all the boxes unpacked, you’re probably…More
Topics: Landscaping, Planning/Design, Summer
Are your K–cup empties piling up because you can't bear to toss 'em? Well, those petite pods are perfect for plant propagation!
I read recently that the…More
Topics: Landscaping, Plants, Summer
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