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Monday, April 13, 2009 Back to Issue Archive
Earth Day: Fiesta with a Cause
By Juan Soulas

Earth Day is a worldwide call to build awareness and appreciation for the environment, including precious natural resources such as water.

Earth Day is a worldwide call to build awareness and appreciation for the environment. It also serves as a reminder to conserve our precious natural resources. In San Antonio, Earth Day is actually an official Fiesta event.

This Earth Day, consider one of our most pressing environmental concerns in San Antonio: The welfare of the Edwards Aquifer.

The aquifer is a remarkable geological feature. It recharges its bounty with every rainfall. Of course, when rainfall is scarce, supply becomes less abundant. Since we depend on the aquifer as the cornerstone of our fresh water supply – and because it is subject to the vagaries of the weather – year-round conservation is crucial. The advice imparted in this newsletter is one way of providing you with the ability to do your share for our environment – not just on Earth Day, but every day.

Learn other ways to reduce your ecological footprint at the Earth Day celebration on April 18 at Woodlawn Lake. In addition to workshops and demonstrations about water and energy conservation, the Bexar County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions about gardening and provide you with information on conserving water.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Fiesta event without food, beverages and entertainment. And, admission is free.

Juan Soulas is a conservation planner for San Antonio Water System.

Last Digit
of Street
0 or 1 Monday
2 or 3 Tuesday
4 or 5 Wednesday
6 or 7 Thursday
8 or 9 Friday
No watering on weekends with a sprinkler, soaker hose or irrigation system. Areas without a street address, such as medians and neighborhood entryways, water on Wednesday.
Watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is allowed once a week before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. on your assigned day, as determined by your address.
Friday, May 23, 2014
0 in. Bermuda (Full Sun)
0 in. Buffalo (Full Sun)
0 in. St. Augustine (Full Sun)
0 in. St. Augustine (Shade)
0 in. Zoysia (Full Sun)
0 in. Zoysia (Shade)
Rain benefits continue this week with established plants. No water necessary. Hand water newly planted plants. Donna Fossum, SAWS Conservation Planner.

Ask A Garden Geek
What is the best fertilizer for grass and shrubs?
A slow release product works for either. Ignore all weed-n-feed products. The Garden Geek must emphasize that, in most cases, the only fertilizer a lawn requires is its own grass clippings, and for shrubs its own leaves. Shred both for quick composting and nutrient utilization.
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Seasonal Star
(Coleus x hybridus)
Burgundy sun, eclipse and plum parfait are the most sun- and heat-tolerant coleus available. They feature very colorful foliage and are an excellent choice for shady locations in the landscape. Coleus is grown for its foliage and many varieties also have deeply lobed or cut margins. Remove flower spikes if they appear.
Past Peak
(Coreopsis spp.)
Perennial coreopsis is not very dramatic until blooming season, which is May through August. The blooms are primarily yellow and the plant will grow easily in any soil with minimal food or water needs. Save the seeds after blooming and plant them to increase your coreopsis population.
Event Calendar
Earth Day 2009
April 18 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati St.
The event includes entertainment stages, food (including vegetarian) and drink booths, tree-planting demonstrations, 5K run, workshops, and seminars demonstrating various energy and conservation ideas and techniques.
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