More on this new award program next month. Stay tuned.
We will finish up the 2017 Yard of he Month program in October but we will have a special award for the best decorated house for the holiday season, not to be confused with Tacky Lights.
More on this new award program next month. Stay tuned.
Summer is almost over and the trees are about to change. But we are still rewarding residents who do an exceptional job of taking care of their yard. The September 2017 Collington Yard of the Month goes to Shakil and Hina Rehman who live at 14100 Hockliffe Lane. The Rehmans have lived in Collington for seven years and have done a magnificent job of taking care of their property. They have an abundance of roses across the front of their house and a stunning row of beautiful crepe myrtles along the street on their side yard. Their weed free lawn is well cut and trimmed. All their boxwoods and other shrubs are manicured and meticulously trimmed. While the family does most of the work, they do use the services of a contractor for fertilization and weed control. Take a ride by to see for yourself what can be done to keep our community looking good. In addition to having the Yard of the Month sign in their yard they also received a $25.00 Lowe's gift card.
The Grounds Committee has selected 11006 Collington Drive as the Yard of the Month for August 2017. Long time residents of the Tealby section of Collington, Valerie and Kenneth Hegeland have done a phenomenal job of developing and maintaining their home and yard. The house is kept neat and clean, inside and out. The yard has a wide array of positives from the well tended, weed free, trimmed and manicured lawn to the mature hydrangea bushes and beautiful crepe myrtles throughout the front and back yards. The tall grasses and Black Eyed Susan's are used as accents to conceal the utility pedestals. The front walkway has a flowerbed that is bordered by ornamental stone. All the design and plantings were done by Valerie in addition to her demanding job. Take a ride by their house and see another example of what can be done to make a beautiful home look even more inviting. The Hegelands were given the pleasure of having the "Yard of the Month" sign in their front yard and a Lowe's $25.00 gift card so they can make even more additions to their yard.
The Yard of the Month for July is 11406 Longtown Drive. Owned by Jerry and Paula Jarvis, their home sits on a secluded lot in the Longtown section. They have lived there for four years and Paula selected the flowers and their layout. Their manicured, weed free, yard is highlighted by dragon wing begonias which helps keep the deer from feasting on their plantings.
Their house is decorated in a festive patriotic theme with beautiful red flowers that set the house off nicely.
For all their hard work, mostly done by Paula, they received a $25.00 Lowe's gift card and will be the envy of all Collington.
The June Collington Yard of the Month is awarded to Jerry Whitaker of 9900 Brading Lane. His front porch welcomes you to the sound of twin fountains and boxes of pink geraniums. He also has 5 more fountains gurgling in the back yard and deck, which are visible from Forrest Row Trail on this corner lot. His tip for fellow gardeners is to properly prepare the soil when putting in a new bed. This may mean replacing the clay soil with garden soil, sand and humus mixture 12 to 14 inches down. If that is not possible try loosening the soil with lime, humus/manure mixture and garden sand. You can also top off established beds with the same amendments. This certainly paid off for Jerry as his beds are full of thriving evergreen shrubs and lots of blooming bulbs and colorful annuals. Jerry’s careful planning allows for succession of blooms throughout the season—pansies, azaleas, geraniums, calla lilies, dahlias, daises, peonies, knock out roses and other annuals. Jerry also put in 3 April blooming and 3 June blooming dogwoods for extended bloom time. His deck is afforded privacy with 2 stunning Blood-good Japanese Maples. His lawn is weed free, well trimmed, always cut and he does it all himself. He has been at this residence for 10 years and his neighbors appreciate his passion for a beautiful yard.
The Collington Yard of the Month for May 2017 is the home of Don and Michelle Hines at 11215 Longtown Drive. While May has been a tough month to get a lawn started Don and Michelle have worked diligently to have a well trimmed, weed free, and colorful lawn. They have only been in their new home for two years and they have developed the landscaping themselves. They have incorporated energy saving solar lights for accent and have attracted a family of deer that have taken up residence in the wooed area adjacent to their property. Don is retired from the U.S. Air Force and does most of the grunt work. Michelle is still employed outside the house and she does the selection of the flowers and other plantings. Their suggestion to other Yard of the Month candidates is to be proactive year round with fertilizer and weed control.
In addition to having the pleasure of placing the Yard of the Month sign in their front yard, Don and Michelle received a $25 Lowes gift card from the HOA so they can continue improving their home.
June will soon be here and you might wind up as the Collington Yard of the Month. Keep working.
The Grounds committee is pleased to announce the September 2016 Yard of the Month. This month's honor goes to Bob & Barb Hood, 14384 Forest Row Trail.
The Hoods gave structure and visual interest to their corner lot by adding such features as:
July's Yard of the Month winners are the Reid family at 14719 Collington Turn. Robert and Jana have lived in their lovely home since 2005. They were both thrilled to have been chosen, but Jana laughingly said that the yard is Robert's domain. Clearly it is his pride and joy! The loving care and hard work he has put into it is impressive. He has personally planted in numerous trees and shrubs throughout the property. Like many of us, he has challenging areas in his yard and he has learned that finding the right plant for the right spot (and having patience) are the keys to success. Choosing larger specimens when possible also seems to help them to succeed. He has created a picturesque front yard and an oasis of privacy and charm in the back. Among the many beautiful trees in his yard, the towering Magnolia in the front corner bed close to the house is among his favorites. Congratulations to the Reids - hard work, patience and a green thumb clearly have their rewards!
10437 Pembrooke Dock Court is the Collington HOA Yard of the Month for June 2016.
The property is owned by Jerrel Thorpe since he bought it four years ago. The property is a corner lot and presents itself very well. Jerrel maintains the property himself which is a fete in itself since the lawn is weed free, lush and manicured. The plants include fragrant gardenias, knockout roses, and a beautiful Japanese maple. The plantings give the yard depth and texture as well as a variety of scrubs that produce blooms all summer long.
Jerrel is very excited to have been chosen YOTM and plans to use his Collington HOA prize money to buy more plantings.
Yard of the month
The three main criteria used to evaluate residential properties for the Yard of The Month are: