Help Your Landscape Beat the Heat

No lawn? No worries. But if you have a yard full of grass in the sun, this time of year can be rough. Follow our tips for a landscape that’s Texas-tough.

It’s that time of year again – hot, hot, hot punctuated by an all too occasional rain shower and yep, drought restrictions. Those with little to no lawn or with lawns in part shade generally have little to worry about during these times. Those with great expanses of lawn or lawn in full sun can find this time of year challenging.

If you have an established lawn that is Bermuda grasslet it go dormant. Anyone who’s tried to kill Bermuda and replace it with a landscape bed or patio can testify to its indestructibility. The grass blades will go brown and that’s fine. That’s how it survives.

If you have St. Augustine grass in the sun, you’re going to have a rougher time. But depending on soil depth and the amount of shade it gets, it can survive — even with once-a-week watering. Still, if you’re just tired of maintaining a monoculture lawn and want to add diversity to your landscape, now is the time to explore permanent changes. This includes removing the grass and replacing it with native plants or a nice patio (barbecue anyone?). We have coupons to help you do just that in 200-square-foot chunks. It’s hot now, so take time to plan your space as these coupons last until Oct. 31.

Not sure how else you can improve your yard? Explore more articles and check out our event calendar to find low-cost or free classes around town to help you with landscape design ideas. Also, sign up for the WaterSaver Rewards program and earn an additional coupon to put toward your landscape transformation.

It is hot outside, but there are many plant options available that are Texas tough and can make it through these rough times. Explore our extensive plant list in the Find a Plant

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Dana Nichols
As conservation manager at SAWS, Dana spent her days promoting beautiful San Antonio landscapes that need little to no water while benefiting Texas wildlife. While she’s no longer whipping up new landscape programs, she’s still cooking up delicious dinners made with fresh herbs from her low-water-use garden or planning the next trip with her husband, Rick -- preferably to some exotic place that requires a passport.
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