This could be the year you win Helix’s WaterSmart Landscape Contest and walk away with the $250 grand prize. Why? Here’s four reasons why.
1. Your landscape is a few years old
You were excited when you planted it, but now your water efficient landscape is coming into its own. The plants have grown and all that soil you used to look at is hidden underneath the beautiful garden and habitat you created. It takes this long for a new garden to mature, but the wait was worth it.
2. You selected cool plants
You have Mediterranean plants and California native plants that need a third of the water your old lawn needed. What’s cool is that instead of having a big variety of plants, you planted groups of the same plant, and the different colors and shapes of the leaves are beautiful. Each time a plant group blooms, it’s a big splash of color.
3. You’re inspiring your neighbors
They see the two of you out in your landscape after work, plucking spent blooms off of plants and talking under the setting sun. No lawn mower. No noise. No trash bags full of clippings. Just plucking spent blooms and a little pruning in the winter and mulching in the spring.
4. Your water bill is inspiring, too
Because you’re watering the whole front yard with drip emitters. And you connected the irrigation controller to your phone so you can adjust for the weather even when you’re at work. The rain barrels were a good idea, too. Free water. In San Diego. Nice.