Adolph ‘Marty’ Garcia is SAWS’ numero uno, top dog, the go-to guy for all things irrigation and has the experience (that would be 35 years) and professional memberships to back up such a stellar reputation. Not only is he a SAWS senior conservation consultant, but he also holds a Texas irrigators license, in addition to a plethora of other credentials. (Did we mention he’s a licensed plumber, too?) Teaching people about water issues is his passion, second only to America’s pastime – baseball – and the hot dogs, pretzels and beer that go with it.
How To Water Less This Summer
From creating shade to getting rid of some grass, there are a few ways to reduce your water use during the hottest, driest months of the year. As the summer heat settles in, more and more water will be used to quench our thirsty lawns. Outdoor watering during our hottest months can account for 50 to […]
Give Your Irrigation System a Checkup
Spring is here and that means it’s time to start barbecuing — and getting your irrigation system in good working order. An irrigation system checkup should be done at least twice a year, once in the spring and again in mid-summer. This is simply a visual inspection to pinpoint any problems with the system — […]
WaterSaver Coupon Program Has Ended For Now
Applications are now closed for the coupon program. But it’s not too early to start planning your landscape projects — coupons are available during the spring and fall Sign up for the GardenStyleSA newsletter. You’ll receive weekly gardening tips and a reminder when the next coupon season starts.
Seasonal Adjust: The Easy Button for your Irrigation System
Did you know there’s a feature on just about every irrigation controller that makes controlling the run times a lot easier? Unfortunately most people with irrigation systems don’t realize the feature exists, and it’s probably the easiest way to operate your controller with just the push of a button. The feature is called the seasonal […]
Save Money – Follow Nature’s Watering Plan
SAWS sewer charges are based on your average winter water use. So watering your landscape less now can add up to big savings throughout 2016. This is a great time of year to give your sprinkler system a break, especially since winter averaging begins right about now. Winter averaging monitors the amount of water you use during […]
Adjust Your Irrigation Controller
As we enter the growing season, it’s important to maintain proper irrigation by adjusting your system controller to accommodate daylight saving time. Most new controllers do this automatically, but older versions still require a manual adjustment. Newer models will automatically ask for time, date and year once daylight saving time kicks in, while older models […]
Know Your Nozzles
Imagine taking a shower without the showerhead in place. Yes, you could take that shower, but it wouldn’t be very efficient. The same principal applies to your sprinklers and their nozzles. The nozzle is the device in the sprinkler head that determines the spray pattern, angle of the spray, and distance it is thrown. The […]
Give Your Irrigation System a Checkup
Spring is just around the corner and it’s almost time to start barbecuing and to get your irrigation system in good working order. An irrigation system checkup should be done at least twice a year, once in the spring and again in the middle of the summer. This is simply a visual inspection to pinpoint […]
Survey Your Sprinkler System
Now that cooler weather has set in, that’s good news for your sprinkler system because it means you can give it a break. In fact, this is the ideal time to have your irrigation system checked thoroughly by an irrigator. Or, call us at 210-704-SAVE to set up an irrigation checkup with one of our conservation consultants. If […]
Water Responsibly This Summer
As summer approaches, it’s almost inevitable more water will be used to irrigate thirsty lawns. According to the Texas Water Development Board, outdoor watering during our hottest months can account for 50 to 80 percent of a home’s total water use. Watering responsibly is something we can all strive to do better and to do our […]
Backflow Prevention 101
Toilet water should stay in the bowl and not be siphoned back into your kitchen or drinking water. The same goes for your irrigation system – you don’t want water that’s been sitting on your lawn (and possibly contaminated by Fifi or Fido) flowing back into your home through the kitchen tap. Water finds the […]
Do You Drip?
With water restrictions becoming commonplace in many cities across the country, both municipalities and homeowners are discovering that efficient landscape irrigation plays a significant role in water conservation. Low volume irrigation, better known as drip irrigation, delivers water slowly at low pressure directly to the root zone of plants. Because of its slow and direct […]
Off with the Sprinkler Heads!
Capping unnecessary sprinkler heads will save a tremendous amount of water (and money) over time. Irrigation systems are often viewed by homeowners as cumbersome and complex. But with a few simple tools and a spare hour, you can simplify your system by capping unnecessary sprinkler heads. And you’ll save buckets of water in the process! There are […]
Want to Reduce Your Water Footprint? Take Baby Steps.
We often hear about the carbon footprint we leave behind, but did you know we leave a water footprint too? A water footprint is an assessment of direct and indirect water use. It includes observable household consumption like bathing, laundry, cooking and irrigation. But it also factors in less obvious impacts, such as water to produce the food, clothing […]
Irrigation System and Water-Saving Devices
Irrigation system technology is like cell phone technology – always evolving. But instead of faster 3G networks, irrigation companies strive for better water efficiency, which results in money and water savings for you. There are several devices that can be retrofitted into existing irrigation systems or installed with new ones. Most of these components will […]
Landscapes That Rock
Maybe it’s time to rock your garden. Droughts will come and go and so will water restrictions, and through it all your plants may struggle. But incorporating rocks in your garden will help maintain its beauty and lessen the need for water. Rock gardens look best open and uncluttered, drawing your eye from one area to the […]
Ever since the first solid state irrigation controller was invented back in 1976 by John M. Buckner, irrigation technology has progressed tremendously. We now have irrigation programmers that are controlled by weather stations and some that even e-mail or text you when a problem arises. But what all these controllers have in common – whether […]