From shady spots up against your house to areas beneath massive tree canopies, constant shade is not a friend to grass. Bermuda grass needs lots of sun, and deep shade may be too much for Zoysia grass. Lucky for you, there are plenty of flowering plants and ornamental grasses that thrive in the shade —… Continue Reading Got Shade? Give Up the Grass.
Sun, wind, and heat can be brutal to unsuspecting landscapes. Now is the time to tackle a few simple tasks to help it weather the inevitable scorching temps. Insect populations are at their peak now. But remember: not all bugs are bad bugs so be careful what pesticides you use. You want to keep the… Continue Reading Summer SOS for Your Landscape
Roll out the welcome mat for our tiniest avian friends! SAWS WaterSaver coupons make it easy — and affordable — to add some of these hummingbird-approved plants to your yard. Esperanza Both the native and tropical varieties are drought-tolerant sun lovers with bright yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers. Mexican honeysuckle This tropical American native is drought hardy… Continue Reading Hummingbirds Love Our WaterSaver Coupons!
This spring, gardening is all about patience. Some plants survived the deep freeze and are recovering slowly. Others weren’t so lucky. But there is a prime opportunity for you to embrace — and SAWS can help! Go ahead and dare to dream up a sublime space for entertaining alfresco that also saves water. Then bring… Continue Reading Rescue Your Landscape with WaterSaver Coupons
Did the winter freeze decimate your landscape? Don’t despair. This is the perfect opportunity to make your yard more drought and cold resistant with plants that can handle our sizzling summers and weather our winters. Remember to use our WaterSaver Coupons to help pay for these bold, blooming plants. Learn more and apply online at… Continue Reading Weatherize Your Garden
Following February’s extreme weather, many people are worried about their plants and if they’ll survive. Luckily most plants were still dormant when the record-setting freezes set in. So their roots, trunks, branches and buds should have been protected. What to expect: Subtropical and small leafy plants likely froze back to the ground, but many will… Continue Reading Big Freeze Aftermath: Losses in the Landscape
If there’s one thing COVID-19 has taught us, it’s how to adapt, especially when it comes to converting real-life events into virtual ones. SAWS’ 2021 Spring Bloom event is a prime example. This year’s event will be a four-day virtual extravaganza, March 10-13. You read that right: four days worth of expert gardening and landscape… Continue Reading Spring Bloom 2021 Goes Virtual
You may want to sit down for this: There is no such thing as a no-maintenance garden. Luckily there is such a thing as a low maintenance garden — one that only requires you to tackle five basic tasks before spring officially arrives. 1. Cut back perennials after the chance of freezing temperatures has passed,… Continue Reading 5 Steps To a Gorgeous Garden
Yes, cold weather in San Antonio occasionally visits our doorsteps, and we at San Antonio Water System have helpful tips for when cold fronts do visit the Alamo City. Freezes do happen here, but you can be ready to protect your pipes, plants, and pets with these preparations. Pipes Better to have your bubble burst… Continue Reading Winter is Coming — Even in San Antonio
In winter, landscape plants are not actively growing. Winter weeds, however, are busy multiplying with every drop of water they get. As long as soil temperatures are below 70 degrees, turf grasses will not produce green shoots. What will turn green are germinating winter weeds like dandelions and henbit, along with all kinds of weedy… Continue Reading Too Much Water Makes Winter Weeds Go Wild