2014 Ecoscape Contest

Water-Efficient Landscaping Contest

NBC 5, The Fort Worth Water Department, and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) invite you to take part in the 2nd annual EcoScape residential landscape contest starting June 14 - August 16.  Judges will be looking for the top three (3) homes with the most appealing, creative, and water-efficient landscapes.  Winners will be announced in September 2014. 

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.
The first place winner will receive a 50 gallon rain barrel from Rain Water Solutions, a Ecoscape Winners yard sign, and a BRIT membership. The second place winner will receive a Rain Water Solutions 65 Gallon Back Yard Compost Bin, an Ecoscape winners yard sign, and a BRIT membership. The third place winner will receive an Ecoscape winner yard sign and a BRIT membership.

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/

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