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Is Your Landscape Water-Wise?

Is your landscape water-wise?

Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program

Each year, the Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program seeks to recognize landscapes from across the tri-county Tampa Bay region (Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough) that demonstrate the best in “water-wise” design and maintenance.

 

What are some features that could make a landscape the next “water-wise” winner?

 

  • Plant selection – “Right plant, right place”
  • Efficient irrigation / “smart” irrigation / hand-watering only as needed
  • Attractive design / “curb appeal” / fits community aesthetics
  • Appropriate use of mulch, plants, hardscapes, and/or groundcovers
  • Minimizes runoff
  • Catches / uses rainwater
  • Well-maintained
  • Avoids invasive plants

 

In other words… when a landscape helps destroy the myth that a vibrant FL landscape requires a lot of sprinklers, fertilizer, and pesticides – it could be the next winner!

 

Learn some of the benefits of being “water-wise” by clicking this link – tampabaywaterwise.org/Benefits.

 

HOW TO ENTER:Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Logo

Entering is free, and only takes a few minutes. Potential applicants should visit tampabaywaterwise.org/Enter-Your-Landscape to fill out the brief online entry form. Applications for the current year’s competition will be accepted until June 30.

Apply today! Tell a friend!

(There are even a couple of buttons at the top of the post so you can easily share via Facebook, Twitter, or email!)

What happens if you win?

Winners receive a custom-made mosaic landscape stepping stone, recognition by local elected officials, and neighborhood bragging rights!

It’s a great opportunity to showcase the unique ways you’re helping to create a more vibrant community, while conserving water and protecting the environment.

 

Tiny blooms wrap around the stem of beautyberry. Firebush flower and bee Monarda punctata - spotted bee balm Large glossy leaves of marlberry    Feathery tufts adorn Muhly grass in fall Tiny blooms and dense foliage of Walter's viburnum Low-growing cluster of palm fronds around the base of a live oak Native bee visiting a blanketflower

NOTE: If you think “water-wise landscaping” is just a bunch of gravel and cacti… think again! Check out some of these previous posts to learn why “right plant, right place” is the Florida-Friendly Landscaping motto!

 


 

About the Author: As the Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL) Program Coordinator in Pasco County, Frank works with the residents, homebuilders, and businesses of Pasco to achieve attractive, resilient yards and communities while reducing over-reliance on irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides. Through an innovative collaboration with Pasco County Utilities, Frank provides on-site assistance to individuals and communities identified as high water users. He can be reached at (813)929.2716.

Thirsty for more FFL knowledge? Check out some of my previous posts!

Seeking solutions for a difficult landscape situation? Ask UF/IFAS Extension – We’ve got information for you!

Have an idea for a future post? Let me know at fgaldo@ufl.edu

 


About UF/IFAS Extension: UF/IFAS Extension serves as a source of non-biased, research-based information for the residents, businesses, and communities of Florida, providing educational materials and programs for adults and youth. We proudly “provide solutions for your life.”

Come learn at one of our workshops! Check out our Eventbrite page for a list of upcoming events: bitly.com/eventbritepasco

(Not in Pasco County? Not a problem! Click here to find your local UF/IFAS Extension office!)

UF/IFAS Extension Is An Equal Opportunity Institution.

 

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