SAWS: San Antonio Landscape Care Guide
Aquifer Beaker

Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 679.4'
7/16/19 - 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 679.4 | Year-Round Watering Hours

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Outdoor Conservation

San Antonio Landscape Care Guide

Saving water has never looked prettier.


This San Antonio Landscape Care Guide focuses on how to maintain your low water use landscape. It will keep your landscape beautiful, lush and blooming. Following best practices for care of your water-saving plants will also keep them healthy and will save time and money!

Why a Seasonal Guide?

To everything there is a season...and that is especially true for plants. For the non-gardening expert it is often difficult to distinguish between normal seasonal changes and a real horticultural problem. This guide will help you navigate through seasonal changes and chores in your landscape. Following this guide will keep your landscape looking its best in every season.

How to Use This Guide

This guide is divided into four seasons - Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. In each season you will find checklists on how to maintain perennials, trees, grass, annuals, herbs and old-fashioned roses. Glance through the checklist at the start of each season to review the tasks that will keep your landscape looking its best throughout the year. These checklists describe what you should do to care for your plants in a particular season. Then consult throughout the year for specific questions. For example, if in July you were wondering how you should maintain your grass, you would look under Summer section and look at the checklist on grass.

Firebush - Hamelia patens (Photo Karen Guz)
Hamelia Patens - Firebush

In each seasonal section you will find these topics:

  • Seasonal Stars – These are plants that are at peak performance during a particular season. They look spectacular with little water or attention.
  • Care Checklists – Area experts have given their advice on what to do each season to care for roses, annuals, herbs, perennials, trees and grasses.
  • Past Peak Plants – These are plants that are past their most attractive season. They usually will not return to their best state until their peak season returns.
  • Watering Guidelines – Advice on watering trends change with each season to prevent over or under-watering.
  • Pruning Guidelines – A summary of pruning tasks by plant type.
  • Wildscape Guidelines –Hints and tips to keep your wildscape at its peak.
  • Guest Articles – Informational articles provided by many of the area's leading landscape and garden authorities.