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  

Current SAWS requirements allow for landscape watering any day of the week before 11:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m.  Watering early in the day will reduce various diseases that can infect lawns and plants.  As it gets warmer and dryer, restrictions can change.

Fall through late winter is the best time to plant trees; however, there are instances when planting at other times may be needed as with blooming trees such as crepe myrtles.  They are beginning to bloom now, and if a particular color is desired to complement a garden color scheme, this is the time to make your selection.  They will need to be watered more frequently over the summer and fall to prevent roots from drying out.  Use an organic liquid fertilizer at half strength about every third time you water.  

Do you have a small garden, no garden, or just do not like “to play in the dirt,” but enjoy seeing beautiful nature scenes?  Take a trip to the San Antonio Botanical Garden.  In spring and early summer plants are at their peak.  The Garden is truly a San Antonio treasure.  Details are at

From The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain: A Book of Quotations:  Do not put off till tomorrow what can be put off till day-after-tomorrow just as well.

Garden Note:  Those who plant a garden, plant happiness.