The Collington Grounds Committee “Yard of the Month” award, for the month of June, has been presented to Dee and Charley Keith of 9612 Redwick Drive.
Dee and Keith have lived in Collington for 15 years. The committee is very excited to present this award on this particular street, especially since most front yards on Redwick are small. But in this case ‘size doesn’t matter” because the number of flowers planted, over 170, and the beautiful color packed into this quaint size space is spectacular! Dee and Keith hand tilled and cultivated this space for 4 years with compost, garden soil, and organic material before being able to achieve the rich dark soil out of what we all know started as ‘clay’ in Collington.
The multicolored blooms include portulaca, marigolds, cannas, begonias, and calla lilies. To add even more color the Keith’s used shrubs and trees with varying leaf colors and blooms during the spring and summer: included are barberries, Japanese lace leaf maple, young blood maple, crepe myrtle, and weeping red bud. There are many different plants, yet it does not look over crowded.
Dee and Keith will have the “Yard of the Month” sign in their yard till the end of July and received a $25. Lowes Gift Card. Take the time to drive by and check it out. You might find Charley sitting in his driveway, with cocktail in hand, watering the plants, as he doesn’t have irrigation in that part of his yard . . . yet. See it CAN be done!
Honorable mentions this month (who are still eligible for the award through out the season) include: 11024 Wooferton Court, 10907 Collington Drive, 14549, Parracombe Lane.
This award is difficult to choose as it takes quite a bit of time due to the number of beautiful yards throughout Collington. The committee members truly enjoy the opportunity to honor our residents who beautify our community with such incredible yard work. The YOTM is chosen during the last few weeks of May, June, July, August, September, and October (fall décor). The criteria for picking are based on the front yard only. We look for 1.) Overall turf health/nice balance of green, and well manicured grass, 2.) Shrub maintance and grooming, 3.) Color/flowers being used to enhance the overall curb appeal. Once a resident receives the award they are not eligible again for two years. YOTM for December is a Holiday Award and has its own criteria for Classic and Festive décor, both are chosen in December.
To find gardening tips from past award winners, especially what types of plants work best for this area, go to collingtonhoa.com, committees/grounds/yard of the month.
The committee understands gardening is not everyone’s idea of a fun summer day, and that some residents are not able to do the work themselves. We greatly appreciate the time that is taken, no matter the size of your front yard, to beautify our community. We do absolutely drive down every street in every section. It takes several hours of driving, taking notes, and going back to houses on our ‘stand out list” to pick a house. Feel free to make recommendations if you see a house that meets the criteria, even your own yard!! Please send recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.