Save Money – Follow Nature’s Watering Plan

Adolph Garcia

SAWS sewer charges are based on your average winter water use. So watering your landscape less now can add up to big savings throughout 2016.

This is a great time of year to give your sprinkler system a break, especially since winter averaging begins right about now.

Winter averaging monitors the amount of water you use during three complete billing cycles from mid-November to mid-March to calculate your sewer fee for the whole year. SAWS sewer charges are based on your average winter water use. So watering your landscape less now can add up to big savings throughout 2016.

In South Texas, cutting back on winter watering is simple, first of all, because nearly all of our recommended species are xeric or drought-tolerant. They prefer a very small amount of supplemental water.

Secondly, the cool season is the dormant season. Plants, evergreen trees and shrubs shut down or reduce all physiological processes such as photosynthesis, reproduction, cellular activity, etc.

These two factors are reason enough to limit supplementary water to the absolute minimum. And so in the absence of significant rainfall, I recommend the holiday method.

It’s that simple. Save water. Save money. Your plants and pocketbook will thank you.

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