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Your guide to planting like a local

Whether you’re new to San Antonio or just to South Texas gardening — this list will guide you on what to plant and when. San Antonio transplants often experience shock on their arrival to [...]

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How to get your lawn and garden beds through the extreme heat

Give your landscape (and yourself) a break and just help your plants stay alive ’til cooler days arrive. Our Central Texas heat has always been a challenge for gardeners. But the extreme [...]

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Know the difference between EAA and San Antonio watering rules

Diverse water resources and conservation-minded residents help San Antonio avoid more severe watering cutbacks. By Byron Cox It’s no secret that drought and temperatures this summer have hit [...]

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Summer tree watering

Native and established trees generally don’t need supplemental water. But during prolonged drought, occasional watering may be helpful — but only if it’s done correctly. Established [...]

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Plants wilting? Wait to water.

It’s normal for plants to droop in the afternoon, especially in the brutal heat of summer. Before you water, check the moisture of the soil at least two inches deep. The Texas summer heat [...]

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Unrelenting Ironweed

The summer heat is brutal to ordinary blooming plants. But there are ironclad options that’ll show the scorch who’s boss — and add the color your landscape craves. As the summer heats up, many [...]

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Water Only the Areas That Need It

Before you turn up your sprinkler system — and double your water bill — consider what areas of your landscape truly need water. Want to double your water bill? If you turned up your sprinklers, [...]

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Add Some Sizzle To Your Summer Landscape

Scorching hot days are looming, but that doesn’t mean your landscape has to fry. Now’s the time to perk it up with some heat-hardy plants! Summer is officially here, even though it already feels [...]

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Red, White and Bloom: Purely Patriotic Plants

True patriotic plants are native plants — ones that have been growing here since the beginning. And there are several that flaunt Fourth of July hues. Fill your landscape or containers with [...]

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Drought Doesn’t Equal Demise

Drought is a regular occurrence during our South Texas summer. But with a little preventive care, you can help minimize plant damage and mortality. In the decades that I’ve lived in South [...]