How Low Maintenance Can You Go?

As we begin to spot the scorched and parched San Antonio landscapes, many of us begin dreaming of a day when we are free from the worries of brown, crunchy grass and the constant threat of persistent drought. Low maintenance is the key during these warm months.

Is that even possible in South Texas? And what can we do to better adapt to our increasingly arid climate?

Your best bet is to re-evaluate your landscape and switch to low-water plants. Here are some of the best ways to achieve this:

  • Replace turf and apply mulch to new and existing beds. Also, consider an irrigation redesign by converting some zones to drip.
  • Use native and adapted plants, as they require only minimal care. Sages, lantanas, cigar plant, Pride of Barbadosesperanza and firebush comprise just a short list for sunny locations. Turk’s cap, shrimp plant and cedar sage can be planted in the shade.
  • Apply for the WaterSaver Landscape Coupon when it makes a return. We’ll give qualified SAWS residential water customers a $100 coupon to replace grass with a drought-hardy, colorful garden bed.

When you have a landscape that can survive — even thrive — in triple-digit temps with minimal maintenance and irrigation, there’s no need to stress. So go ahead, try our methods and watch your worries melt away.

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Mark Peterson
Mark A. Peterson was a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System before retiring. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you're likely to find him hiking San Antonio's wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.
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