With the abundant spring rains, SAWS customers are now under Stage One watering requirements.  Watering by hand-held hose or bucket is allowed any day, any time.  Drip irrigation or soaker hoses can also be used any day, any time.  Use of a sprinkler or irrigation system is permitted any day before 11:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m.  Even with these relaxed requirements, we still need to conserve our water usage. 

Read more: Out in the Garden: August 2015

This photo shows neighbor Janie Barrera at 228 Washington St. standing in front of what was left of a very large red oak tree that for decades had shaded her entire front garden.  The trunk was several feet in diameter.  Janie said she was standing on the front porch on the morning of April 24, the day before the King William Fair, when the tree just leaned over and almost blocked the entire street.  Unfortunately, it also fell on one end and corner of her porch and home.  Luckily the limbs blocking the street were removed in time to set up Fair booths along the curb, and the remains made quite a show for passing Fair visitors the next day. 

Read more: Loss of a Neighborhood Monument

The following is based on the book (cited above) by Douglas W. Tallamy, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware.  It gives us something to consider in selecting garden plants.

Spring is behind us and summer blooms are starting.  Crepe myrtles especially are beginning to flower and will for the next couple of months.  The first to bloom is the large white Natchez.  Their bright white flowers are spectacular.  Natchez is one of a few crepe myrtles that have a fragrance.  It is not to late to add Natchez to your garden, but give it room to grow.  It can reach heights of 25 feet or more.  Several examples are growing along S. Alamo St. near Beauregard.  

Read more: Out in the Garden: June 2015

An “invasive species” is defined as a species that is non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health (Executive Order 13112).

An invasive species grows/reproduces and spreads rapidly, establishes over large areas, and persists.  Species that become invasive succeed due to favorable environmental conditions and lack of natural predators, competitors and diseases that normally regulate their populations.  Not all non-native species are bad, but some plants that look lovely in your garden might be harmful invaders that will make their way into natural areas (texasinvasives.org). 

Read more: San Antonio Area Invasive Plants