The dog days of summer are upon us in Central Texas, which means hundred-plus degree days, drought conditions, and water-use restrictions. What’s a heat-exhausted gardener to do? The best August advice, complements of Southwest Austin’s Natural Gardener, is to just let the landscape rest. “We are entering our least productive season for planting here in...

Established in 1939, Emma Long Metropolitan Park (ELMP) is one of the largest parks in Austin with over 1,140 acres and a mile of beautiful lakefront. Visitors enjoy relaxing on its 350-foot sandy beach, hiking, camping, and water sports like boating, skiing, and swimming. Once known as City Park, ELMP was renamed to honor Austin’s...