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Gardening in South Texas

Gardening books & organizations for gardening in the San Antonio area.

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     Gardening from bushes to vegetables.

Welcome to Gardening in South Texas

    When searching the catalog for books about gardening, use different search terms based on the type of gardening you’re interested in—organic, flower, houseplants, etc. (In the case of houseplants use “house plants” or “indoor gardening” for best results.)

Stage 1 Water Restrictions!

Stage 2 Water Restrictions are now in effect!

A complete listing of instructions and restrictions can be found on the attached flyer. Here are the highlights:

  • Watering with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose is allowed only once a week and only between 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m.  on your designated watering day.
  • Water waste is prohibited at all times. Water waste includes allowing water to run off into a gutter, ditch, or drain; or failing to repair a controllable leak.
  • You should reduce water consumption by any means available.
  • All non-public swimming pools must have a minimum of 25 percent of the surface area covered with evaporation screens when not in use. Inflatable pool toys or floating decorations may be used.
  • Watering with a hand-held hose is permitted any time and any day.
  • Watering with drip irrigation or 5-gallon bucket is permitted any day, but only between 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m.

Favorite Gardening in South Texas Books

Reduce Your Water Bill & Preserve Our Environment

     Choosing plants that require less water helps our environment and ensures your garden or landscaping stays vibrant even under watering restrictions.

SAWS residential customers can apply for up to four WaterSaver coupons to replace part of your thirsty lawn with lush, drought-tolerant garden beds and/or permeable patios. Combine the Landscape and Patioscape coupons any way you like. Customers can now participate twice a year – during the spring season which ends May 31, and during the fall season which ends October 15. More info can be found here: https://www.gardenstylesanantonio.com/watersaver-coupons.html

SAWS is now offering an Irrigation Design Rebate for Residential Properties! Find out how you can earn up to $750 in a rebate from SAWS for changing your irrigation system at: https://www.saws.org/conservation/outdoor/IrrigationRebate/.

And SAWS even offers a Landscape Care Guide focused on maintaining a low water-use landscape.

What is 'Permaculture'?

Permaculture is "an ecological design system for sustainability in all aspects of human endeavor."

Permaculture embraces practices and methods to make an endeavor, such as a garden, sustainable for the long-run and as self-sufficient as possible, which saves you time and effort!

  Going (and Saving!) Green

      You can save money, time and the environment by making a few careful choices. These web sites can help.