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WaterWise Garden Contest
updated: Jun 18, 2014, 2:20 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Seeding Ideas For More Green With Less Water In Carpinteria

Deadline extended for annual WaterWise Gardening Contest

Carpinteria residents can earn valuable bragging rights and show off their water-saving talents by participating in the 2014 WaterWise Garden Recognition Contest. The competition provides a showcase for gardeners who maintain their landscapes in ways that are both attractive and save water. It was recently announced that officials have extended the deadline to June 30 to encourage additional entries.

Applications are available by visiting the WaterWise in Santa Barbara County website at www.WaterWiseSB.org and clicking the "landscape" tab. Participants can be either renters or property owners, but all must be residential customers of Carpinteria Valley Water District. Judging areas include front yards only. Applicants must submit digital photos of their existing landscape and plant list for consideration. All applications and accompanying materials must be received by the CVWD no later than 5 p.m. June 30. The winning property will be recognized on the water district's website at www.CVWD.net and given an engraved sandstone rock to post prominently in the front yard during their award year.

There are four basic judging criteria for the contest, with a possibility for bonus points:

· Overall appearance: Is the landscape visually appealing? Does it have color and texture to it? Does landscape appear cohesive and/or balanced? Do living plants dominate the landscape?

· WaterWise plant selection: Are the plants appropriate for the area's climate? Will the landscape thrive with minimal watering? Is turf kept to a minimum and functional space? Are there native species or invasive species?

· Design: Is the landscape design creative and/or innovative, keeping in mind water conservation and landscape function? Are watering zones correctly used?

· Efficient methods of irrigation: Is the yard irrigated or hand-watered? Does the system include a smart controller, drip, rotating nozzles, rain sensor or other water efficient devices? Is the irrigation scheduled correctly? Is mulching sufficient? Is there overspray? Correct water pressure?

· Bonus points: Does the property maintain any other low water use elements or sustainable qualities that deserve additional recognition? Is there a greywater system installed? Are there water catchment or other Low Impact Design (LID) features? Is there habitat for wildlife or beneficial insects? Is permeable landscaping used?

For complete contest rules, to download an application and get detailed submission instructions, go to www.WaterWiseSB.org and click on the "landscape" tab.

WaterWise in Santa Barbara County is a water conservation and awareness program of the Network of Santa Barbara County Water Providers, a collaborative group of 16 agencies. The goal of WaterWiseSB is to provide residents with information and techniques to deal with drought and conserve water at home, in the landscape, and at work. Participants in WaterWiseSB are doing their part to save money, save water and save Santa Barbara. For more details, visit www.WaterWiseSB.org.

 

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