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!
Author: Mark Peterson
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
Author: Vickie Castilleja
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
Author: Brad Wier
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
Author: Donna Fossum
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
Author: Guest Author
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
Topics: Plants, Winter
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.
Author: Dana Nichols
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
Author: Heather Ginsburg
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
Author: Juan Soulas
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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