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Take the Hand-Watering Challenge

Just because you have an irrigation system doesn’t mean you have to use it. Hand watering with a hose uses fewer gallons per minute and targets only what truly needs water. Hand-watering is [...]

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Plants for the Pool Perimeter

Keeping a pool clean can be a chore. Don’t make it more labor intensive by surrounding it with mess-making vegetation. Over the last forty years in South Texas, I have seen my share of pool [...]

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Skip the Sales Tax on Water-Saving Products

This Memorial Day weekend is also a sales-tax holiday for water-efficient and water-conserving products — online purchases included! Saving water is always a good thing. Saving money so you can [...]

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Join the ‘Healthy Soils, Healthy You’ Project

Scientists from the University of Texas at San Antonio will study how the microbes in our soil affect our health. Bexar County homeowners are invited to participate! By Allison Veach, Ph.D. The [...]

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Liven Up Your Landscape With Layers

Creatively arranging plants and pathways around a small patch of lawn can get you on course for long-term water savings and garden envy. Look at a brand-new cookie-cutter landscape and you’ll see [...]

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Sometimes No Planning Is Planning

Forget perfection. Your landscape doesn’t need a magazine-worthy design to bring the beauty — plus a fighting chance at surviving our brutal Texas summers. As I continue my half-hearted attempt [...]

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SA’s Shadows of the Night

If a large black-winged thing drops in to dine on your drink of wine, don’t panic. It’s just a black witch moth in search of fermented fruit to feed on. It’s a warm summer night and you’re [...]

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Look Out for These Lawn Party Crashers

White grubs can be a real nightmare for homeowners who value a showplace lawn. Checking the lawn for signs of damage will help you manage infestations. One of the signs that the turf growing [...]

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Don’t Wish Away the Weeds

Recent rains have encouraged an explosion of “wild plants.” Before you banish them, know that they have many benefits for wildlife and are lovely all on their own. A little rain and warm weather [...]

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These Plants Call to Caterpillars

Aside from beautifying your yard, many of the approved WaterSaver Landscape Coupon plants also double as host plants for butterfly and moth caterpillars. Many of us are familiar with the monarch [...]