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Monday, May 27, 2019 Back to Issue Archive
Don't Be a Drip — Irrigate Wisely
By Brad Wier
Drip systems can use a lot of water when installed over large areas.

Drip irrigation is well-suited for landscape beds, where it can deliver water directly to plant roots via carefully spaced emitters laid on top of the ground. It also helps homeowners save water by separating their thirsty grass from the rest of the landscape.

However, drip systems can use a lot of water when installed over large areas. Wrapping your entire landscape in thousands of feet of tubing can dramatically increase the cost of installation — and your water bill.

Keep these things in mind before converting your entire landscape to drip irrigation:

  • Xeric plants don't need drip. If you've gone to the trouble of installing cenizos, yuccas and native plants in general, water them by hand to get them established.
  • Mature native plants in the shade don't need drip.
  • Couplings are key. Make certain extra drip tubing is connected using couplings rather than just wound around plants.

As always, drip irrigation should only be installed by a licensed irrigator.

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Brad Wier is a conservation consultant for San Antonio Water System.

Last Digit
of Street
0 or 1 Monday
2 or 3 Tuesday
4 or 5 Wednesday
6 or 7 Thursday
8 or 9 Friday
No watering on weekends with a sprinkler, soaker hose or irrigation system. Areas without a street address, such as medians and neighborhood entryways, water on Wednesday.
Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed only once a week from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated watering day as determined by your address.
Friday, May 23, 2014
0 in. Bermuda (Full Sun)
0 in. Buffalo (Full Sun)
0 in. St. Augustine (Full Sun)
0 in. St. Augustine (Shade)
0 in. Zoysia (Full Sun)
0 in. Zoysia (Shade)
Rain benefits continue this week with established plants. No water necessary. Hand water newly planted plants. Donna Fossum, SAWS Conservation Planner.

Ask A Garden Geek
How long does it take to establish newly planted shrubs?
With many San Antonians leaving our fair city for work, military or play, we get this question quite often. For the best results, water shrubs consistently by hand two to three times a week for the first four to six weeks. Then, switch to watering once every other week.
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Seasonal Star
Texas Tuberose
(Manfreda maculosa)
Texas tuberose is a strap-leaved thornless native with purple spots on fleshy silver-green leaves. Flower stalks appear in spring. The tall seed stalks rattle in the winds of early summer — hence the common nickname rattlesnake agave.
Past Peak
Confederate Jasmine
(Trachelospermum jasminoides)
When Confederate jasmine is in bloom, you may well wonder why anyone would bother with any other vine. The sweet honeysuckle fragrance perfumes the air in spring. Even after blooming, it's still a great evergreen and very similar to Asiatic jasmine, though much more of a climber.
Event Calendar
All About Bees
May 10, 10 a.m.-noon
Eisenhower Park, 19399
NW Military Hwy
Hear about real-life bee-keeping experiences from local bee keepers Bob and Eva Fromme. Reservations are suggested for this exciting and unique family program. Call 210-207-5320 for more information. Or, email Peggy Spring.
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