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.

We have been cutting lawns for a while now, so it is time for my annual appeal to reduce air pollution by recommending that readers switch from a gas powdered lawnmower to an electrical mower.  It has been reported that gas mowers pollute as much in an hour as a car in a day.  Another plus for electricity is that electric mowers hardly ever need repairs other than to perhaps have the blade replaced which would also be required with gas mowers.  Just plug it in, flip the switch, and go.  

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.  

There is a new and interesting garden in the neighborhood.  At river level just below the San Antonio River Authority building, at 100 E. Guenther, is what is called a Monarch Waystation.  It is a garden designed to provide nectar and shelter to monarch butterflies as they migrate through North America.  A sign near the walkway says it is “certified” and that San Antonio is a Monarch Champion City.  Go by on your next walk along the river.  For more information and how you can create one in your own garden, go to monarchwatch.org.