Yard of the Month in 3 Easy Steps

I was surprised and more tickled than I ever thought I’d be to come home one day last November and find the “Yard of the Month” sign in my front yard. So I got to thinking about how to share the wealth and came up with three steps to make your landscape noteworthy.

Neatness Counts

• Staying ahead of yard chores is one key to keeping the landscape neat. A schedule helps with efficiency and keeps autumn leaves or summer weeds under control.

• Edges are another important key to any landscaped space. They delineate boundaries between different areas such as sun and shade, woods and lawn, lawn and driveway. Humans navigate by edges, so crisp, well-maintained edges promote a feeling of well-being and safety.

• Mulch suppresses weeds while it unifies the landscape. Choose an organic mulch like ground pine bark, pine straw, or compost that will help replenish the soil and repeat the same mulch throughout your yard for continuity. This will help the eye move around your landscape.

Feature a Focal Point

• A welcoming front door and entryway is perhaps the most logical spot to emphasize. Improve the walkway from street or drive and keep it level and clear for curb appeal.

• Elevate the architecture on your home with detailing to open it up.

• Make the point of entry pop and add personality with paint and accessories to invite people in.

• Light the way with low voltage landscape lighting for beauty and safety.

Feature a Focal Point

• A welcoming front door and entryway is perhaps the most logical spot to emphasize. Improve the walkway from street or drive and keep it level and clear for curb appeal.

• Elevate the architecture on your home with detailing to open it up.

• Make the point of entry pop and add personality with paint and accessories to invite people in.

• Light the way with low voltage landscape lighting for beauty and safety.

Color is Appealing
On morning walks with my coonhound, Lily, we often pass a neighbor that has planted colorful flowering ornamentals for every month of the year. Daffodils beginning in early spring, followed by several clumps of iris, through Atlanta’s azalea season, roses and daylilies midsummer, hydrangeas and chrysanthemums in fall, and finishing up with holly berries and hellebores over winter. Each of these are permanent and do not need too much attention. There is something going on each and every month, and it is fascinating to see what’s next.

Have you been chosen the ‘Yard of the Month’ for your neighborhood? What have you done differently? Let me know by commenting beloew or email me.

Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic designer husband David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a never-finished landscape. You can reach her at Geri Laufer