Judges will consider the following when selecting a winning yard:
Curb appeal; pleasing color, form, texture, contour; plants are well maintained; weeds kept to a minimum
Appropriate plant selection:
Climate-appropriate plant palette; minimal or functional turf; functional landscape, meets needs of owners
Landscaping is able to thrive with less water, has adequate plant coverage, permeable soils, and takes advantage of site features like shade, micro-climates, or low-lying flood areas; landscaping also meets needs of owners
Mulch; weeds kept to a minimum; plants neat, tidy and attractive
Efficient methods of irrigation:
Uses appropriate irrigation equipment for plant material, such as drip irrigation or efficient rotating spray nozzles; water consumption is appropriate to area; uses smart controllers or irrigation sensors; irrigation is supplemented with rainwater capture or other water
Overall water efficiency will be evaluated. The competition committee reserves the right to issue no award if the entries are deemed undeserving. Judges’ decisions are final.
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