Rest, ponder and plan: strategize landscape changes now

No need to rush outdoors to preplan landscape improvements. Find a heap of how-tos, ideas and inspiration right from the comfort of your favorite chair.

When you look out upon your winter landscape, how do you see it? Does it look pretty good or does it leave a lot to be desired? Has extreme weather over the past two years wreaked havoc on it and left you feeling unsure what to do next?

If you think it looks pretty good, it likely has elements of a GardenStyle landscape — a diverse collection of suitable plants that bloom at different times of the year, combined with outdoor living areas and very minimal amounts of turf.

But if your gaze gets lost in a sea of expansive lawn because there’s nothing interesting to see, now is the time to make some improvements. You don’t even need to go outdoors if you don’t want to. Just grab a cuppa, recline in your favorite arm chair and curl up with your tablet (or device of choice) to browse Garden Style San Antonio.

We’ve done a lot of the work for you. Here are just a few topics to jumpstart your redesign:

But don’t stop there, dig deeper into the planning/design section to find ideas that speak to and inspire you! And for a variety of simple starter blueprints compatible with our WaterSaver Landscape Coupons, check out Plant by Numbers.

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Juan Soulas
Juan Soulas is a conservation planner for San Antonio Water System. Since joining SAWS in 2007 his duties have focused on residential water use. He works with his Conservation colleagues to help customers find ways to reduce outdoor usage without compromising the health and aesthetic quality of their landscapes. Juan also coordinates engaging outreach efforts with SAWS’ conservation partners -- Bexar County Master Gardeners, Gardening Volunteers of South Texas, San Antonio Botanical Garden and Mitchell Lake Audubon Center – to increase community access to vital conservation information.
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