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California-friendly landscapes contest

ENCINITAS — Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD) is inviting customers who enjoy a climate-appropriate landscape to participate in the 2015 California-Friendly Landscape Contest. The deadline to apply is April 10, and applications are available at

California-friendly means having a beautiful, well-maintained yard that uses less water. Since up to 80 percent of household water consumption is outdoors, the contest was developed to reward homeowners who have explored the beauty and benefits of California-friendly plants and other turf alternatives. The contest showcases attractive, water-efficient landscapes which can inspire others to consider a landscape makeover.
Water-efficient landscaping helps to conserve San Diego’s limited water supply, reduce water bill costs and require less maintenance than their water-thirsty counterparts, and many are fire-resistant.
Entries will be judged on a variety of criteria such as use of color and texture; zoning techniques (grouping plants with similar water requirements); energy efficiency; creative use of hardscape; and use of rain-harvesting and retention designs to minimize water runoff, protecting our waterways and beaches.
The top three 2015 winners in the California-Friendly Landscape Contest will be recognized at OMWD’s May 13 board of directors meeting and in OMWD publications. First place will also receive a $250 prize at the regional awards ceremony at the Water Conservation Garden on May 16, 2015.