Contest is looking for water-wise gardeners

COAST CITIES — The sixth annual San Diego County California-Friendly
Landscape contest is in full bloom and more than 2 million residents are eligible
to enter their water-wise yards for over $5,000 in prizes.
Do you have a low-water use landscape? Have a neighbor with a beautiful water-wise landscape? The deadline to apply is April 6. For more information or to download an application, visit www.landscapecontest.com. Entries are also accepted by participating water agencies throughout the county.
The region’s best do-it-yourself homeowner and best professionally landscaped
yard will receive $500 gift certificates to an area nursery. Each water agency will
also have a best-in-district winner who will receive a $250 gift certificate.
Judges consider the following elements of water-wise landscaping: overall
attractiveness, innovative design with water conservation and function in mind,
use of California-friendly plants, color and texture in the landscape, zoning
techniques (grouping plants with similar water requirements), energy-efficient
landscape design (proper tree placement), functional use of grass areas, creative
use of hardscapes and the use of water-harvesting designs to reduce runoff.
Prizes will be awarded in May at the Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West in El Cajon.

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