Low-water Landscaping 101

Where do I start? That’s a question homeowners often ask us when it comes to transforming their water-guzzling landscapes. What they’re really asking is how can they make their landscape conservation-oriented, low-water (and still beautiful) and what tools are available to do that.

One very important tool we recommend is the WaterSaver Design School. Offered two to three times a year by the Gardening Volunteers of South Texas, the class provides information on design, plants and necessary tools to get started.

Local landscape experts discuss topics including:

  • Principles of low-water landscapes
  • Elements of design
  • Choosing the right plants for the right place
  • Drip irrigation gardening

Students also get goodie bags filled with books and instructional CDs on plant selection, gardening, and landscape design and maintenance. But the best part is the one-on-one consultation with an expert gardener — to talk about your individual landscape needs and concerns. By the end of the four-hour course, homeowners are equipped with personalized advice and a design plan for their landscape.

Notices for school sessions are posted on the GVST website and GardenStyleSA. Fill out the application early since space is often limited.

The journey of converting your landscape begins with a single step. Make that step the WaterSaver Design School.

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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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