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Cactus-Filled Yard Wins 'Yard of the Month'

Cactus-Filled Yard Wins 'Yard of the Month'

 

A Las Vegas couple’s effort to spend less time gardening and less money on their water bill has earned their backyard the title of “Yard of the Month” for October from the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

Two years ago, Richard and Carrie Field decided their yard full of grass and trees was too much work and too much money. They took out all the lawn, trees and vegetable garden, replacing them with low-maintenance and water-efficient plants.

The Fields now have dozens of types of cacti from prickly pear to barrel. They also planted cholla and ocotillo to round out the desert theme. The couple says they’ve seen their water bill go from $150 to between $20 and $25 a month.  During the winter, their bill drops even lower because the plants they’ve chosen don’t need to be watered during the winter months.

Homeowner Roundtable Educational Event Saturday

A Community Associations Institute roundtable educational event on home ownership and management topics will be held Saturday at Siena Community Association.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Roof rats and other pests in the HOA – Think you don’t have them? Think again! How do we know and what can we do? – Kurt Trumbetti, EnviroSafe Pest Control
  • How far should the board go in providing “security“in the HOA? What have the residents been promised? – Anthony Seda, All Purpose Security LLC
  • Hazards in the use of unlicensed - uninsured - underinsured contractors to perform work for the association – George Lyford, Director of Investigations from the Nevada State Contractors Board

The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and takes place at 10525 Siena Monte Ave. Pre-registration is required and you must be a member of CAI to attend. Entry costs $10, and non-members may join a CAI member to attend for the same price.

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

If you have a water-efficient landscape in your yard or you’re a professional who has worked on one, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has a contest for you.

Local residents and landscape professionals interested in showing off their water-efficient landscapes are encouraged to enter the SNWA's 13th Annual Landscape Awards competition.

Applications for this free community contest, along with award criteria, categories and other information are available at snwa.com through Thursday, May 12. Applications also are available by calling the Conservation Helpline at 258-SAVE (7283).

The SNWA's Landscape Awards honor residential and professional water-efficient landscapes that are both attractive and functional. Entrants must have a working irrigation system appropriate to their design.

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Unusual, desert adapted plants including a large selection of agaves and cacti will be among those offered for sale as the Springs Preserve hosts its annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

The sale will feature limited quantities of about 5,000 native and drought-tolerant plant species, including seasonal perennials. Plants will be sold in container sizes ranging from 2 inches up to 5 gallons. Springs Preserve garden staff experts will be on hand to answer customers’ questions about how to care for their new plants.

New at this year’s event will be a silent auction to bid for cactus and succulent container gardens, and “table top” garden displays also will be offered for sale.

Springs Preserve members will have exclusive access to the sale from 7-8 a.m. The sale will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Unusual, desert adapted plants including a large selection of agaves and cacti will be among those offered for sale as the Springs Preserve hosts its annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The sale will feature limited quantities of about 5,000 native and drought-tolerant plant species, including seasonal perennials. Plants will be sold in container sizes ranging from 2 inches up to 5 gallons. Springs Preserve garden staff experts will be on hand to answer customers’ questions about how to care for their new plants.

New at this year’s event will be a silent auction to bid for cactus and succulent container gardens, and “table top” garden displays also will be offered for sale.

Springs Preserve members will have exclusive access to the sale from 7-8 a.m. The sale will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.