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Less than two weeks left to enter TMWA’s Landscape Awards



Enter now to win gift prizes toward your water-efficient makeover!

Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) and the Reno News & Review remind customers working on creating or retrofitting a water-efficient landscape to enter the 2011 Water-Efficient Landscape Awards by Friday, August 5. This year the awards will recognize customers who plan to install or retrofit their landscapes (or a portion of them) with water-efficient tools and techniques.

All TMWA customers are eligible for entry. Entries should address the seven xeriscape principles, on which TMWA’s Water-Efficient Landscape Guide is based:

  1. Proper planning and design for water conservation, beauty and functionality
  2. Soil improvement
  3. Use turf sensibly with proper irrigation and practical shapes or sizes, considering other alternatives to turf
  4. Water-efficiency through proper irrigation methods
  5. Selection of appropriate plants and grouping of plants into zones with similar water needs
  6. Use of mulch to reduce evaporationMaintenance

“These principles, and our Landscape Guide, are intended to show customers how they can have a yard that is both beautiful and water efficient,” Lora Rose Richards, TMWA Conservation & Community Outreach Administrator, said. “We are excited to help homeowners get started with their landscape makeover projects with the Landscape Awards.”

Gift certificates to local garden shops, landscapers and nurseries will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners to assist with implementing landscape plans. Also, for the first time this year, a prize will be awarded for the “best edible garden project.” Gift certificates are generous donations from sponsors: All Seasons Lawn and Landscaping, Dayton Valley Turf, Dry Creek Garden Company, Garden Shop Nursery, Moana Nursery, Reno Lawn & Landscape, Truckee Meadows Community Forestry Coalition and Western Turf & Hardscapes.

The deadline to enter the Water-Efficient Landscape Awards is Friday, Aug. 5, 2011.  For more information, complete contest rules and to enter online, visit www.tmwalandscapeguide.com or call (775) 829-2810.

Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) is a not-for-profit water utility, overseen by elected officials from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. TMWA employs a highly skilled team who ensure the treatment, delivery and availability of high-quality drinking water around the clock for more than 330,000 residents of the Truckee Meadows.

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