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Henderson Man's Hard Yard Work Pays Off
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Henderson Man's Hard Yard Work Pays Off

The hard work of a Henderson man and his mother was rewarded when the Southern Nevada Water Authority named their yard, Yard of the Month for January.

Devon Sansone and his mother moved into the former rental property nine years ago. In that time, they've worked to remove the turf and replace it with water-efficient landscaping.

Sansone did not just remove the turf, he dug down another eight inches and filled it back in with six inches of compact red soil. He says the red soil helps keep down weeds and holds moisture.

His yard now features low-water plants like dwarf bottle brush, deer grass, sago palms, Texas rangers and lantana. The change brought down their water bill by 25 percent.

Sansone and his mother did most of the work on their yard themselves.

“My advice for anyone who wants to do this on their own is to keep it simple,” he said. “You’d be surprised how well desert plants can do in this valley.”  

The SNWA's Yard of the Month goes to yards that are water efficient, of course, but are also visually appealing and functional.

Homeowners, neighbors, friends or even strangers, can enter a yard into the competition at snwa.com

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