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Monday, November 9, 2009 Back to Issue Archive
Survey Your Sprinkler System
By Adolph Garcia
The fall season is the ideal time to inspect your irrigation system for leaks, proper zone coverage and overspray.

Now that cooler weather has set in, that's good news for your irrigation system because it means you can give it a break.

In fact, this is the ideal time to have your irrigation system checked thoroughly by an irrigator. Or, call us at 210-704-SAVE to set up an irrigation checkup with one of our conservation consultants. If you choose to inspect it yourself, here are a few things you should examine.

First, make sure your controller has a rain sensor – per city ordinance – so the system doesn't run when it's raining. Also, change the 9-volt battery inside the panel of the controller, as this retains the program memory in case of a power outage. Identify incorrect zone settings, such as excessive run times. Locate all valves and check for leaks and proper operation.

Next, test the sprinkler heads to make sure they are operating properly. Check for leaks, proper zone coverage and, most importantly, overspray onto sidewalks, driveways and the street – that's considered water waste. Also, clean or change clogged nozzles and look over your entire landscape for any sign of leaks.

Right now, SAWS is offering irrigation design rebates, as well as rebates for new mulched beds and converting turf to hardscape. For more details, visit

Adolph Garcia is a senior conservation consultant for San Antonio Water System.

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)
Use these amounts to water this evening after 8 p.m. or tomorrow morning before 10 a.m. For a healthy lawn, water no more than twice a month, or less if you have drought tolerant grass.
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
The leaves of my viburnums and photinias turned brown this summer. Are they dead?
When evergreen plants turn brown, they are usually dead. When the leaves of deciduous plants turn brown, they might be dead. Scratch the bark. If there's green underneath, they are still alive.
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Seasonal Star
Possumhaw Holly
(Ilex decidua)
This native Texan displays a flurry of red and orange berries that make for a spectacular sight in your landscape, as well as for the birds. These large, fast-growing shrubs adapt well to poorly drained soils and thrive in dry conditions. Remember when selecting your Possumhaw, only females produce fruit.
Past Peak
Texas Betony
(Stachys coccinea)
Texas betony will grow in full sun or partial shade and it\'s deer-resistant. The plant\'s beautiful red flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Texas betony grows up to 3 feet tall and it tends to sprawl. If you want to go native, this is an excellent choice.
Event Calendar
Recycles Day
Nov. 14, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Woodlawn Lake Park
The free event raises awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of recycling. Bring your gently used appliances, furniture, mattresses, clothing and electronics to be recycled. On-site shredding and classes about composting will also be available. For more information, call 207-6416.
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