SAWS Conservation: San Antonio Landscape Care Guide - Xeriscape
Aquifer Beaker

Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 664.1'
2/20/18 - Official

The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.

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Year-Round Watering Hours

Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

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Aquifer Level 664.1 | Year-Round Watering Hours


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Outdoor Conservation


Low-maintenance landscaping that offers a wide range of styles.

What is a Xeriscape?

Photo - Antique Rose Emporium Spanish Courtyard style xeriscape in San Antonio Antique Rose Emporium.

A landscape is a xeriscape if it needs little extra water or other assistance to look its best. Fortunately, many plants thrive in San Antonio with these low-care conditions. This leaves a wide range of landscape styles at your fingertips. San Antonio low-water landscapes are cool, inviting and lush. They burst with color during every season of the year!

The San Antonio Botanical Garden has a "WaterSaver Lane" display where you can observe the many different xeriscape style options possible. The model landscapes in place around tiny homes are: Wildscape, Manicured Xeriscape, Hill Country Landscape, Spanish Courtyard and Cottage Garden. One of these styles is bound to match your preferences and the architecture of your home.

How do I know if I have a xeriscape?

Having a Xeriscape is both what you have in your landscape and how you take care of it. Review the seven steps of xeriscape to determine which elements you already have in place. It is fairly simple to replace some turf grass, add mulch and learn to water efficiently.