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Brad Wier is a SAWS conservation planner. Years in South Texas landscaping and public horticulture gave him a lasting enthusiasm for native plants that don’t die when sprinklers — and gardeners — break down. He’d rather save time and water for kayaking and tubing. He is a former kilt model, and hears hummingbirds.

Timely Tips


Keep mower blades at least 3″ (for St. Augustine in sun ) and 2″ (for Bermuda grass.) Leave clippings on the lawn as natural fertilizer.

Perennial plants can be dead-headed or lightly cut back by 1/3.


Stage 2 watering rules continue. In-ground irrigation and hose sprinklers should only be running 1 day per week, 7-11 AM or PM.  Hand-held hose watering is allowed anytime. For recent plantings, follow the 3-2-1 rule: about three times per week for the first three weeks, twice per week for the next two weeks, and once per week if needed thereafter. Hold off on new plantings where possible.


As long as hot weather continues, oak wilt activity is lessened and oaks can be pruned in July and August. As always, paint any wounds immediately to minimize risk. The next opportunity to prune oaks will come in midwinter.

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