Comply with your community’s drought restrictions. Most, including San Antonio’s, were designed to reduce water use to the level required without permanently sacrificing any part of your landscape. Remember that Bermuda, zoysia and buffalo grass can be allowed to go dormant by withholding irrigation and they will recover when the rains resume.  St Augustine will survive with irrigation once every two weeks.  Use the flexibility allowed by hand watering to give special attention to priority water sensitive plants. 

September is the month for the beginning  the winter garden. Consider planting broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, collards, kale, Swiss chard, and cabbage by transplants. Use seeds for lettuce, beets, radishes, turnips, carrots, and rutabagas.  Prepare the soil by incorporating 2 inches of compost and 10 cups of slow release lawn fertilizer (19-5-9 works well) into every 100 sq. ft. of bed. 

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