Is Your Landscape Central Valley Friendly?
03/22/2011

Residential landscapes that strive to protect and conserve our Valley’s natural resources are being recognized and rewarded by the Central Valley Friendly Landscaping Award Program.

This new residential landscape program is open to residential gardeners within the Fresno/Clovis metropolitan area. The goal of the program is to recognize residential landscapes as a community model, encouraging others to protect and conserve our water and other natural resources. Residents with landscapes that conserve water, build healthy soil, save energy and reduce garden waste are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must use the required practices and landscape principles outlined in the garden checklist on the website (http://ucanr.org/CVFriendlyLandscaping). There are seven Landscape Principles that are utilized in a Central Valley Friendly landscape:

• Conserve Water and Ensure Water Quality
• Conserve Energy and Air Quality
• Nurture the Soil
• Reduce Garden Waste
• Practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
• Select Appropriate Plants
• Create and Protect Wildlife Habitat

“Our hope is that registered Central Valley Friendly gardeners will inspire others and really showcase the beauty and functionality a Central Valley Friendly garden can offer,” said Nora Laikam, City of Fresno Water Conservation Program Supervisor. “We want people to know that a Central Valley Friendly Landscape doesn’t have to be a desert landscape. These model gardens will include anything from native wildlife habitats to Mediterranean retreats, to an edible kitchen garden.”

The application period runs through June 1, 2011. Award recipients will be notified by October 1 and will be honored at a public awards event. Winners also will receive an 18-inch Margaret Hudson quail sculpture with recognition plaque and a Central Valley Friendly Landscaping yard sign.

The program is supported through a partnership of the cities of Fresno and Clovis, UCCE Master Gardener Program, Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District, and Clovis Botanical Garden.

For more information or to submit an entry please visit http://ucanr.org/CVFriendlyLandscaping or call the City of Fresno Water Conservation Program: 621-5480.

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