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Resident wins waterwise contest

Man’s idea inspired by the grass-less front yards of Las Vegas homes

Posted: June 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Steve Petzold describes his plans for the yard of his Saugus home on Thursday. Steve Petzold describes his plans for the yard of his Saugus home on Thursday.
Steve Petzold describes his plans for the yard of his Saugus home on Thursday.

It's likely to be a rocky road swapping green lawns for rock gardens in the Santa Clarita Valley, but the idea is getting thumbs up approval by local water officials eager to conserve water.

At a recent meeting of the Castaic Lake Water Agency, four local residents were named winners in a water conservation contest called ‘What's Your H20 solution?'

Agency President Tom Campbell congratulated the winners and told them: "I know I'm preaching to the choir, but a drop of water saved is one we don't have to buy or hump over the hill."

Steve Petzold was named the grand prize winner of a certificate and $5,000 for suggesting the artistic use of rock, stone and colorful drought-tolerant plants in transforming front lawns with far less water.

"I had just come back from Las Vegas, and while I was there I noticed that none of the houses had grass," Petzold said. "All of it was landscaped in different-colored rocks, and it was very appealing to my eye."

When Santa Clarita Valley's environmental champion arrived at his Saugus home and learned of the contest, he put two and two together for an award-winning idea.

He now plans to use his $5,000 prize money awarded jointly by Stay Green Inc. and the agency to change the character of his front yard.

Homeowners considering similar landscaping changes may have reservations about replacing lawns with colored rocks and drought-tolerant plants, he said.

"They're reluctant to do it because they don't want to stick out," he said. "Because the next thing you know, their homeowners association is telling them ‘You can't do that.' It's like painting your house pink."

Other contest winners included: Jeff Courtney, of Canyon Country, who suggested a similar conservation plan inv olving rock landscaping; Becky Van Sickle, of Valencia, who suggested landscaping with drought-tolerant that yield colorful flowers; and Mae Rusk, of Newhall, who won the contest's senior category for suggestions for reusing water.

Topping Rusk's list: Use a bucket to catch shower water before it heats up, then use it to water plants.





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