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Autumn Aspirations for Your Landscape

Follow these quick tips to make your garden glow and give your water bill a break.

New Year’s may get all the glory, but to me fall always feels like another fresh start as kids head back to school and shorter days promise cooler weather ahead. And in San Antonio, autumn is the perfect time to enhance our outdoor living spaces and make water-saving changes to ease our budgets.

Learn how to give your landscape a fall refresh with help from our WaterSaver Coupons during our webinar Thursday, Sept. 2 at noon. We’ll even share seasonal ways to save on landscape watering and lower your water bill.

Fall gardening tips

As you survey what summer has wrought upon your landscape, a quick fix to smooth your landscape’s look is a fresh, three-inch layer of mulch. Stave off weeds by adding a layer of cardboard underneath the mulch and learn more ways to ward them off.

Tucking in a few new plants can brighten up your yard and create a stay-awhile setting to enjoy. If you’re new to gardening, you might not realize fall is a great time to plant for the San Antonio area. It’s best to let those roots get established before the next sizzling summer!

Try these three stunners:

  • Firecracker plant. Red always makes a statement and draws the eye. It also draws all the hummingbirds around.

  • Gulf muhly. These grasses look magical in fall. Their seed heads are pink, dainty, waving-in-the-breeze clouds that are simply irresistible.

  • Fall aster. A purple profusion for your eyes and delightful dinner for pollinators.

Fall aster flowers.
Browse through our maintenance section for your monthly gardening checklist. And hop on our webinar to hear more about when to plant wildflowers, lawn care, pruning oak trees and how much to water for fall.

Water less seasonally

As summer fades, plants need less water. Swing out to your irrigation controller once a month in fall and use the seasonal adjust feature to reduce watering. You can change all the zones’ minutes with just one button. Following our recommended monthly watering schedule can save up to 30 percent of your annual water use.

Rainy days means no need to run your system — a big savings when once-a-week watering can double your water bill. Avoid watering and free up some cash for creating that perfect outdoor living space to enjoy this autumn. Remember, you can save even more by applying for our WaterSaver Coupons.

Sasha
Sasha
Sasha Kodet is a conservation planner whose large garden attracts a myriad of wildlife and curious neighbors with minimal water. At SAWS, Kodet develops outdoor programs to help people create their own beautiful, water-saving landscapes. She draws on her two decades of experience as a naturalist, botanical garden educator and event planner. Kodet enjoys (really) long walks in the woods and has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail.
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