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Milberger's "How To" Series

  Flowering plants are usually at their peak of production during your summer vacation period and require some attention before you leave. Move both your indoor and outdoor plants out of direct sunlight since sunlight dries the soil quickly. Deadhead and trim your plants before you leave. But while pruning before you leave is beneficial, …

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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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Milberger's "How To" Series

The sunflower is an impressive summer bloomer with big flowers consisting of golden yellow, creamy white or reddish petals that radiate from a dark brown center. By the end of the blooming season, the centers are plump with seeds that are harvested or left to provide food for songbirds. When planted in the ground standard-sized …

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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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For those new to our city — and for residents who may have forgotten — we’ve compiled answers to a few frequently asked questions about Stage 2 watering rules. It’s not even May yet, but rainfall has been well below annual averages and the temperatures continue to climb, causing the Edwards Aquifer level to drop …

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If you’re watering just once a week with an irrigation system, don’t be surprised when your water bill doubles — or triples. Although we are currently in Stage 1 watering rules, don’t be fooled into thinking your bill will not increase significantly. Even once a week watering could double your water bill. Don’t believe me? …

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First tip: native plants are the non-gardener’s dream come true. Have you ever tried to grow plants, but constantly kill them? Or maybe you love the idea of plants, but are fully aware you don’t have the time or attention span to do it properly? I’m not going to lie, I’ve done some abominable things …

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Milberger's "How To" Series

Your tomatoes and peppers will thrive in containers when planted correctly. Keep the containers anywhere outdoors that receives sufficient sunlight so you can enjoy fresh garden vegetables even in a small space. Almost any variety of tomato or pepper that recommended for our growing area will grow well in a properly prepared container. Tomatoes are …

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Turns out it’s no contest, and the answer may surprise you. Read this before you put in that new lawn. Turf installation may be the single biggest water user in the lifetime of a residential property. Hands down, putting in a new lawn uses way more water than filling a swimming pool. Even in San …

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Under Stage 1 rules, outdoor watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is allowed only before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m., one day per week. Unseasonably dry weather has lingered on for months now — triggering Stage 1 watering rules. SAWS has significantly diversified San Antonio’s water supplies. As a result, the Edwards Aquifer …

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