As California’s drought continues to worsen, the San Francisco Department of the Environment is encouraging people to conserve water by hosting an Ugliest Yard Competition. The goal is to help people realize that in a drought, a green lawn is an ugly lawn.
“It’s a fun way that the department has to really get people to redefine what ugly is,” says Guillermo Rodriguez, a department spokesman. “And really ugly to us is a yard with water-wasting plants.”
The competition, which runs through May 15, supports Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandate to cut statewide water use by 25 percent, Rodriguez says.
San Francisco was one of the few California cities assigned to the lowest conservation target by the State Water Resources Control Board’s new regulations to implement the mandatory water savings.
Rodriguez says that the competition coincides with the launch of a tool called SF Plant Finder, which will highlight drought-tolerant plants and trees that thrive in San Francisco’s different microclimates.