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Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 6. Remember to adjust the clock on your irrigation controller too. Eventually fall brings many changes: cool temperatures, less pollen and most importantly, less work in the landscape. One important landscape task that remains is the adjustment of our irrigation system clocks and the replacement of the 9-volt battery. …

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Mark Peterson

From hauntingly humorous to truly terrifying, garden tales of misery and woe hover and haunt unsuspecting homeowners. Read on for the shocking revelations. Some of them are quite ghoulish, while others are just a bunch of hocus pocus. Read on for a few gory stories — and what really happened. “MY LIVE OAK MUST HAVE …

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Monarch on lantana

Nectar-rich, fall blooming plants are the most important gift we can offer these vibrant voyagers on their journey. Waking up to temperatures in the 60s is a refreshing reminder that fall is finally here. And right on cue, monarch butterflies are arriving in San Antonio as part of their fall migration to Mexico. Monarchs were …

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Native and established trees generally don’t need supplemental water. But during prolonged drought, occasional watering may be helpful — but only if it’s done correctly. Established trees — those that have been in the ground for two or more years — seldom need supplemental water other than natural rainfall. But during an extended drought of …

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The summer heat is brutal to ordinary blooming plants. But there are ironclad options that’ll show the scorch who’s boss — and add the color your landscape craves. As the summer heats up, many flowers are shriveling and shrinking from the sun. But if you’re craving mid-summer color, there are some tough, hardy options available. …

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Before you turn up your sprinkler system — and double your water bill — consider what areas of your landscape truly need water. The first days of full scorch are here. Scorching sun in cloudless skies, high temperatures and blades of limp grass on the lawn when arriving home from work. Many homeowners greet this …

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Using the right plants in the right place of your landscape means less worrying about watering and yardwork during the hottest days of the year. Flash back to summer 2021, when it seemed to rain almost every week for half the summer. What a contrast to 2022, with months of dry weather behind us and …

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Dramatic Tiered Xeriscape

Dreaming of a lounge-worthy, low maintenance landscape? A xeriscape may be the answer. Just keep these seven principles in mind. Coined in 1981 by Denver Water, xeriscape (xeris is Greek for dry) refers to combining a low maintenance landscape with low water use. A xeriscape is not rocks, decomposed granite, cactus, agaves, or rain barrels …

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Just because you have an irrigation system doesn’t mean you have to use it. Hand watering with a hose uses fewer gallons per minute and targets only what truly needs water. Hand-watering is guaranteed to use a lot less water than your irrigation system. And it puts you more in touch with your plants and …

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An eco-friendly landscape is more than just a tidy yard with minimal bare spots. It’s enticing to wildlife and thrifty with water. Picturesque and inviting, I can’t help but stop by a landscape proclaimed “Yard of the Month” to admire its beautiful details, can you? As Earth Day approaches, I’m reflecting on the positive impact …

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