The 2014 WaterWise Garden Contest will celebrate residents of Carpinteria who are committed to maintaining their landscapes in a way that is both attractive and water-wise. Listed below are the contest rules and judging criteria. Application deadline: June 20, 2014
- Participants must be residential customers of Carpinteria Valley Water District
- The contest is for front yards only.
- A homeowner or renter can apply. CVWD will review application, photos, and water use history to determine which properties will receive a site visit for judging.
- Applicant must submit digital photos of their existing landscape and plant list, if possible. See Section below on how to submit a contest application.
- Many aspects of your landscape will be evaluated during the site visit. See judging criteria below.
- Applicant must be present during the site visit and judges will need access to turn on your irrigation system.
- The winning property will be recognized on the CVWD.net website and given an engraved sandstone rock to post prominently in the front yard for a minimum of one year.
How to Apply:
- Hard copy applications and photos can be mailed to Carpinteria Valley Water District, Attn: Rhonda Gutierrez, 1301 Santa Ynez Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013.
- Electronic applications and digital photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please zip all the files into a folder to reduce the size. The email box will reject files larger than 7 MB. Review the contest application for instructions on how to zip files.
- All applicants will receive confirmation that their application and photos were received. If you do not receive a confirmation within 3 business days, please call Rhonda Gutierrez at 805-684-2816 ext. 116 to re-submit.
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- 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 predominate over hardscape?
- WaterWise plant selection– Are the plants appropriate for our semi-arid climate? Will the landscape thrive in our region with minimal watering? Is turf kept to a minimum/functional space? Are there native species? Are there 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 yard irrigated or hand watered? Does the irrigation system use a smart controller, drip, rotating nozzles, rain sensor, or other water efficient devices? Is the irrigation schedule set correctly for the plants and season? How is irrigation adjusted seasonally? Is mulching sufficient and appropriate? Are there signs of overspray, etc.? Is water pressure correct?
- Bonus– Does the property maintain any other low water use elements or sustainable qualities that deserve additional recognition? Is there greywater installed? Is there water catchment or other Low Impact Design (LID) features? Is there habitat for wildlife or beneficial insects? Is permeable hardscape used?