Summer is past.  We are officially into fall and there are many things that can be done in the garden.  

Compost and organic fertilizer can be applied to lawns to build soil and strengthen roots for spring growth.  Mulch around trees, shrubs, and perennials to protect roots in case we get some cold weather this winter.  Leave an exposed ring about a foot in diameter around the base of the plants.  

Read more: Out in the Garden with Alan Cash: October 2017

We had some very good rains in early August, between 3 and 4 inches depending on where you live.  However, after such a long dry spell we still need to conserve water usage as much as possible.  Remember, what goes up also comes down.  That includes the water level in the aquifer.  Stay abreast of water use restrictions; currently, Stage 1 in effect: once a week on the day that corresponds to the last number of your address, and before 11:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m.  Use sprinklers that disburse water close to the ground rather than into the air to reduce evaporation, and be sure they are not over-spraying onto streets or sidewalks. 

Read more: Out in the Garden with Alan Cash: September 2017

Homeowners are responsible for maintaining tree limb height clearance of at least 14 feet high over alley bed by 15 feet wide for vehicles to enter.  The alley bed must be reasonably free of debris and passable to vehicles (City code Ch. 14-64).  Low overhanging tree limbs need to be trimmed to 8 feet above the sidewalk.  

Don’t try to trim tree limbs that are growing onto power lines – it’s dangerous and you could be electrocuted!  If you find yourself in this situation, call City Public Service at 210-353-2222 to report it. 

To see San Antonio’s Property Maintenance Code, visit sanantonio.gov/dsd/codes.  For all City Codes, go to municode.com/library/TX/San_Antonio.

You may or may not have noticed that residential water rates have inched upward.  To conserve water and save on your water bill, SAWS customers can apply through October 31, 2017, for coupons worth up to $800 to help replace lawn grass with drought-tolerant garden beds and/or permeable patios.  For details, check the SAWS newsletter that comes with your water bill or go to www.gardenstylesanantonio.com/coupons-and-rebates.  

Read more: Out in the Garden with Alan Cash: July 2017