Saving water in landscaping – The Journal Record

Lillie-Beth Brinkman

It’s summer and you can add your own it’s-so-hot-in-Oklahoma joke here. But while we’re lamenting the heat together, let’s talk about water conservation.

Actually, the city of Oklahoma City wants to talk about saving water, and is holding a water smart landscape contest to showcase how some people are doing it well in their landscaping.

The Utilities Department’s H2Outstanding Landscape Award recognizes residents of Oklahoma City, Warr Acres and The Village who are reducing outdoor water use by implementing the seven low-water principles for landscapes, a news release noted. These are: using drought-tolerant grasses and plants, adding mulch to retain soil moisture and control weeds, using efficient irrigation, improving soil quality to retain moisture and extend plant life and integrating other dry landscape or xeriscape techniques.

Entries are for established front-yard residential landscapes irrigated with OKC water.

Enter by Aug. 25 by visiting and fill out a nomination form and submit photos. Top prize is a $200 gift card to a local nursery.

OKC nonprofit celebrating 51 years

The Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County is celebrating 51 years of serving adult learners with a special community family reunion of sorts on Saturday at the OKC Energy soccer game.

Game time against the Colorado Springs Switchback is 7 p.m. at Taft Stadium, 2501 N. May Ave. OIC festivities include face-painting, door prizes, kid zone, giveaways and a Memory Lane exhibit related to OIC’s history. The $19 tickets to the game include a $5 donation to OIC.

OIC has served nearly 41,000 adults in its education and training programs since 1966, a news release noted.

To buy tickets, go to, click on the OIC reunion tab and use the promo code OIC when prompted. Or buy them by phone at 405-235-5424, ext. 1123; by email through; or in person through OIC at 3033 N. Walnut Ave.,…

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