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Estherville Garden Club holds Yard of the Month competition

By Staff | Apr 28, 2010

Annabelle Long, Carolyn Brown and Suzanne West with the Yard of the Month poster that will be posted in the lawn of the Estherville home winning the award each month from May through September. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

You’d better spruce up those flower beds and water your trees. The Estherville Garden Club’s Yard of the Month competition is right around the corner.

Starting in June and going through September, the Estherville Garden Club will give a Yard of the Month award to the most attractive yard in Estherville. The winner will be able to proudly display a vinyl sign in the yard designating the honor. The competition is open to anyone living in Estherville.

Judging criteria include the following:

n Grass is mowed and edged, weed free, green with no brown grass.

n Beds are cleaned and edged. Plantings must be live, not artificial.

n Walks, driveways and curbs are edged and swept.

n Shrubs are health and well-kept.

Plantings are attractive in color. Garden accents and ornaments will be in good taste.

n Garbage cans will be out of sight with no toys or bikes on the front lawn except when in use. Hoses will be rolled up except when in use. Air conditioners will be hidden by shrubs and fencing and the home entrance and porch will be neat and litter free.

n Overall landscaping will be in keeping with the architecture of the house.

“We will only be judging what is visible from the street,” explained Estherville Garden Club member Suzanne West.

West said five different judges will review nominated properties each month. A yard cannot win Yard of the Month more than once a year. A house with a for sale sign is not eligible to win and a house cannot win with a boat or an RV in the yard or drive.

Nominations must be in the the 15th of each month. The winner will be notified each month to verify the owner’s willingness to accept the award.

Nominations may be made by calling Carolyn Brown at 362-3681 or Edith Clarken at 380-2982.