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March Yard of the Month

1st Place - 8524 Averell

We have a new Yard of the Month for February, 2014:  Michael and Sheri Farmer of 8524 Averell.  Their yard just pops this time of year with their rich green lawn.   They are no strangers to top honors, having a first place finish during each of the last three years. It’s always a treat to see their home as we drive into the neighborhood.

2642 Iman

2nd Place – 2642 Iman

Finishing  second are John Owens and Lucille Krissel of 2642 Iman . They are the new kids on the Yard of the Month block.  The judges were impressed with their lawn restoration; Fall seeding really paid off!

 

3rd Place - 8516 Wheeling

3rd Place – 8516 Wheeling

In third are Graham and Alice Kennedy of 8516 Wheeling. Their home always has a neat manicured look, no matter what the season.  This is the twelfth time that the Kennedys have placed in the finals in the last two years, having placed first in June of 2012.

 

Congratulations to each of the homeowners for their consistent quality care they give to their homes and yards and thanks to Larry Deckard and Jamie Visocan who assisted me on the judging panel.

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February Yard of the Month

 

1st Place - 2708 Coxindale

1st Place – 2708 Coxindale

We have a new Yard of the Month for February, 2014:  Mimi Raub of 2708 Coxindale.  Her yard shows what can be done with fresh pine straw and plantings.  Mimi is no stranger to Yard of the Month, having finished first in May of last year.  Congratulations Mimi for another first place finish.

Finishing  second are Michael and Sheri Farmer of 8524 Averell.

2nd Place - 8524 Averell

2nd Place – 8524 Averell

Their corner lot always looks great this time of year.  In fact, they have a first place finish during each of the last three years. It’s always a treat to see their home as we drive into the neighborhood.

 

3rd Place - 8516 Wheeling

In third are Graham and Alice Kennedy of 8516 Wheeling. Their home always has a neat manicured look, no matter what the season.  This is the eleventh time that the Kennedys have placed in the finals in the last two years, having placed first in June of 2012.

 

Congratulations to each of the homeowners for their consistent quality care they give to their homes and yards and thanks to Larry Deckard and Jamie Visocan who assisted me on the judging panel.

January Yard of the Month

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1st Place – 2504 Sugar Maple

It’s a new year and we have a new Yard of the Month! For January we would like to recognize Kimberly Hicks of 2504 Sugar Maple. The vibrant green lawn is testament that North Carolina lawns can look really good in winter.  Fresh mulch covers the beds and colorful pansies add the right punch of color.  This is the third time that Kimberly has made first place in the last 4 years.

Finishing  second are Michael and Sheri Farmer

2nd Place - 8524 Averell

2nd Place – 8524 Averell

of 8524 Averell. Their corner lot always looks great this time of year.  In fact, they have a first place finish during each of the last three years. It’s always a treat to see their home as we drive into the neighborhood.

 

2708 Coxindale2

3rd Place – 2708 Coxindale

In third is Mimi Raub of 2708 Coxindale. Her home shows what can be done with fresh pine straw and plantings.  Mimi, too, is no stranger to Yard of the Month, having finshed first in May of last year.  And we’re sure this won’t be the last time we see Mimi in the finals.

 

 

Congratulations to each of the homeowners for their consistent quality care they give to their homes and yards and thanks to  Jamie Visocan who assisted me on the judging panel.

November Yard of the Month

1st Place - 2504 Coxindale

1st Place – 2504 Coxindale

Yard of the month for November is awarded to Carl and Karen Titka of 2504 Coxindale. This is the first time the Titkas have placed in the finals, not to mention coming in first.  The bright new paint in a cheery Fall yellow is anchored by a colorful leaf wreath on the door. The tidy appearance of the lawn and landscape make this yard a delight to see.

Finishing  second by unanimous vote are Sandra and Richard Yarnall of  8613  

2nd Place - 8613 Averell
2nd Place – 8613 Averell

Averell Court.  This is their fourth time finishing in the  finals, having achieved first place in August 2011.

In third are Ed and Jeanne Burtoft at 2704 Coxindale.  This is the second time the Burtofts have joined the top three.  The lawn is a lush green carpet bordered by nicely pruned shrubs.

3rd Place - 2704 Coxindale

3rd Place – 2704 Coxindale

Congratulations to each of the homeowners and thanks to  Jamie Visocan and Larry Deckard who assisted me on the judging panel.

For December, Yard of the Month will be awarded to the home with the best decorations.  So bring it on–lights, wreaths, swags, greenery, … you get the idea.  Several homes have started already.  But we won’t judge until Sunday, December 22, 2013, so you’ve got until then.  Happy Holiday decorating!

August Yard of the Month

1st Place - 2640 Iman

1st Place – 2640 Iman

Yard of the Month for August is awarded to Charles and Robin Markham of 2640 Iman Drive.  Their yard is at its best in the peak of summer.  The Bermuda grass lawn is a lush green carpet and the orange and yellow lantana add vibrant color.  This is the second time the Markhams have placed first, having done so in September 2011.

 

2nd Place - 8508 Wheeling

2nd Place – 8508 Wheeling

Finishing a very close second are Bryan and Kristen Maness of 8508 Wheeling.  This is their first time placing in the top three and their yard could easily get recognition for most improved.  All their work last year in putting down zoysia sod has paid of with a lush carpet of lawn that invites one to nestle into the chairs under the shade of the oaks and pines. Look for more color this Fall to propel them into first…

 

Harrell and Susan Queen of 2816 Coxindale finished third. This is the fifth time the Queens have placed in the finals.  They finished second in November of 2012 and first in January of this year and second the last two months.  It seems that their yard always looks perfectly maintained.

2nd Place - 2816 Coxindale
3rd Place – 2816 Coxindale

Congratulations to each of the homeowners and thanks to  Jamie Visocan and Larry Deckard who served with me  on the judging panel.

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July Yard of the Month

Yard of the Month for June is awarded to Frederick

1st Place - 8501 Bluebill

1st Place – 8501 Bluebill

and Elizabeth Hull of 8501 Bluebill Court.  Their yard provides a cool retreat for those hot days of summer.  A standout are the colorful flowers that grace the front entry

Moving into second place are second are Harrell and Susan Queen of 2816 Coxindale.

2nd Place - 2816 Coxindale
2nd Place – 2816 Coxindale

This is the fourth time the Queens have placed in the finals.  They finished second in November of 2012 and first in January of this year and second last month.  It seems that their yard always looks perfectly maintained.

The Kennedys are again a contender, and one look makes it easy to see why they are always in the running.  One of Graham’s friends commented that “he thinks Graham combs the grass to be sure all the blades line up.”

2nd Place Tie Wheeling-8516
3rd Place – 8516 Wheeling

Congratulations to each of the homeowners and thanks to Jen Magee who has retired from the judging panel but will be helping in an advisory role.  Joining the Architectural committee is Jamie Garrett.  Please welcome her and thanks to Larry Deckard who served with me  on the judging panel.

June Yard of the Month

1st Place - 8501 Wheeling

1st Place – 8501 Wheeling

Yard of the Month for June is awarded to Mary Frances Warren of 8501 Wheeling.  Mary Frances is a first place winner for the first time and her yard is one to enjoy for months to come.  The freshly and generously planted summer seasonal flowers promise to be a riot of color this summer.

Moving into second place are second are Harrell and Susan Queen of 2816 Coxindale.

2nd Place - 2816 Coxindale

2nd Place – 2816 Coxindale

This is the third time the Queens have placed in the finals.  They finished second in November of 2012 and first in January of this year.  It seems that their yard always looks perfectly maintained.

The Kennedys are again a contender, and one look makes it easy to see why they are always in the running.  One of Graham’s friends commented that “he thinks Graham combs the grass to be sure all the blades line up.”

2nd Place Tie Wheeling-8516

3rd Place – 8516 Wheeling

Congratulations to each of the homeowners and thanks to Jen Magee and Larry Deckard who served with me  on the judging panel.