The judging criteria will be based on:
1. Design: Aesthetic appeal, composition, use of color and plant variety.
2. Water Conservation: Efficient irrigation/water use, use of non-vegatative materials (fences, walls, walk, etc.), use of native or adaptive plants, reduced turf area and use of mulches.
3. Appropriate Maintenance: Tidiness of landscape, proper pruning of plants (as appropriate) and health of plants (disease and pest free).
The contest is an effort to raise awareness of wasteful water usage and to challenge homeowners to create water-efficient landscapes to reduce water consumption. It is estimated that half of the total household water use during the summer months goes to landscapes.
Only residents with 1,000-square-foot (or larger) front yards are eligible. The contest is open to Fort Worth residents and water customers in Aledo, Bethesda Water Supply Corp., Burleson, Crowley, Dalworthington Gardens, Edgecliff Village, Everman, Forest Hill, Grand Prairie, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Northlake, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, Trophy Club Municipal Utility District, Westlake, Westover Hills, Westworth Village and White Settlement.
For more information, visit www.fortworthtexas.gov/EcoScape/