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Deadline June 30 to apply for 2013 Community Water-Wise Awards

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Does your yard have what it takes to be recognized as our community’s most Water-Wise? If so, you have until June 30 to prove it by entering the 2013 Community Water-Wise Awards.

For 15 years, the Community Water-Wise Awards program has recognized attractive, water-conserving landscapes at homes, businesses, industries or governments that represent the beauty and resiliency of our natural environment. Winning landscapes have balanced attractive design with Florida-Friendly Landscaping, as well as irrigation systems or techniques that minimize water waste.

To see how Wise your yard is, first fill out a free application at www.tampabaywaterwise.org by June 30. An on-site evaluation will follow to judge:
  • Retention Of Existing Trees And Vegetation
  • Landscape Design And Plant Selection
  • Stormwater Runoff Prevention
  • Efficient Irrigation
  • Overall Aesthetic Appeal

If you aren’t ready to enter for this year’s 2013 Community Water-Wise Awards program but want help planning your Florida-Friendly yard, Hillsborough County Extension Service offers these resources:

  • Learn details on the overall Community Water-Wise Awards program by visiting www.tampabaywaterwise.org
  • Access the database of hundreds of types of trees, shrubs, flowers, vines and plants that are recognized as Florida-friendly to build an online list for your landscape at floridayards.org/fyplants.
  • Design your own low-impact, Florida-friendly yard online with the Florida-Friendly Interactive Yard tool at floridayards.org/interactive.
  • Don’t do it alone! To get more information about landscaping in the Tampa Bay region, visit floridayards.org and click on ‘Ask an Expert’ in the top-right corner to have your questions answered by a Florida-friendly landscaping and gardening expert.
  • Call Virginia Overstreet, Water-Wise Program Coordinator, or Lynn Barber, Florida-Friendly Landscaping expert, Hillsborough County Extension Services, at 813-744-5519.