It's toasty and San Antonio could see Stage 3 water restrictions before the end of the summer. There are some ways people can help plan for the hottest part of the year and keep their lawn beautiful. San Antonio Water System Conservation Coordinator Mark Peterson offered these tips:
Know your level of sun
Before planting a garden, or yard for that matter, people should know how much sun their lawn is getting. A lot of direct sunlight means people should probably use a drought-level style of grass. Some grasses do best in direct sunlight, including some versions of St. Augustine grass.
Low-turf, high beds
Grass needs more water than flower beds. This means that if people keep a low amount of turf and a high number of beds they can keep their watering needs down. People can plant high and low-level water plants in the bed. Planting native can also help local wildlife
Perennials will last longer
Perennials in beds will last longer after they are established in absence of rain. Perennials don't need watering if it rains and they've survived in an absence of rain already. Other than that, they only need to be watered twice a month.
Compost, aerate and mow high for healthy lawns
Composting and aerating a lawn once during the spring and once during the fall will help keep a lawn healthy. In the summer, people can keep their lawn high in order to water less. This means if San Antonio does move to Stage 3 water restrictions, people will only need to water their lawn every other week to keep it alive. Lush is not a water-conservatively supportive way to keep a lawn in the summer!
Drip or hand-watering can keep plants alive
Switching to a drip system or hand-watering can also help conserve water during the summer, or using recycled water. Peppers and eggplant are some vegetables that do well in the summer, but right now most vegetables are not flourishing.
SAWS also offers tips on what plants will survive best during the hot summer months and has two different displays at the San Antonio Botanical gardens to help.