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RENO — The Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) and the Reno News & Review have announced the recently revised guidelines for the 2011 Water-Efficient Landscape Awards. This year the awards will recognize customers who plan to install or retrofit their landscapes (or a portion of them) with water-efficient tools and techniques. Proposals are due Aug. 5.

Entrants are asked to submit a proposal for their landscape project that addresses the seven xeriscape principles, on which TMWA’s Water-Efficient Landscape Guide is based:

1. Proper planning and design for water conservation, beauty and functionality

2. Soil improvement

3. Use turf sensibly with proper irrigation and practical shapes or sizes, considering other alternatives to turf

4. Water-efficiency through proper irrigation methods

5. Selection of appropriate plants and grouping of plants into zones with similar water needs

6. Use of mulch to reduce evaporation

7. Maintenance

“These principles are intended to help our customers see they can have a landscape that is both beautiful and water-efficient,” said Lora Rose Richards, TMWA conservation and community outreach administrator. “We are excited to help homeowners get started with their landscape makeover projects with the Landscape Awards.”

Gift certificates to local garden shops, landscapers and nurseries will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners to assist with implementing landscape plans. Also, for the first time this year, a prize will be awarded for the “best edible garden project.”

TMWA, with Truckee Meadows Community Forestry Coalition and the River School Farm, offer several tools to help customers prepare their proposals. The first is the Landscape Awards Tour & Tree Care Workshop on June 25. The tour will feature three of last year’s winning landscapes and participants will learn how the winners transformed their yards, all while saving water. The tour will begin at the new Hug High Garden at Hug High School at 8:30 a.m. RSVP by emailing or calling 834-8005.

On July 9 and 16, the Xeriscape Workshops with the River Farm School will teach the seven xeriscape principles and work through proposals. Attend one of the following free workshops at the River School Farm, located at 7777 White Fir St. in Reno, to prepare your plan and proposal. Call 834-8005 to RSVP.

Finally, people can consult the TMWA Landscape Guide, which is downloadable at Do-it-yourselfers can walk through the seven xeriscape principles, including landscape design templates and a comprehensive plant search.

For tips on planting, watering and caring for trees in the Truckee Meadows, including a list of recommended trees, visit

The deadline to enter the Water-Efficient Landscape Awards is Aug. 5. For more information, contest rules and to enter, visit or call 829-2810.

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