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Yard of the Month Guidelines
Yard of the Month

The Prestonwood Forest “Yard of the Month” program is dedicated to improving the quality of living and appearance of our community. We encourage residents to take pride in their homes and neighborhood. In turn, we look to celebrate those who do a superior job in maintaining their yards in such a way that they enhance the overall appeal of the entire community.
The monthly program, to recognize outstanding homes, begins in April and continues through October. Multiple properties may be recognized in a single month with one home selected for the ‘Yard of the Month’ honor and sign to display for the duration of that month.
⦁ All Prestonwood Forest properties are eligible.
⦁ Properties are selected based on the recommended judging criteria (listed below) which includes a manicured yard, beautification, originality and creativity.
⦁ The upkeep of the yard may reflect the efforts of the residents themselves or that of a professional landscaper or groundskeeper.
⦁ Residents may also nominate their favorite homes for monthly consideration (see ‘Contact Us’ below)
Candidates are judged solely on the total exterior appearance of their property and front yard as viewed from the street. General upkeep of the yard and property is paramount. Factors include the overall appearance, tidiness and neatness of the front of the property as evidenced by pruned, trimmed and shaped foliage, edged and defined lawns, borders & flower beds, and a visually appealing facade.
LAWN: Healthy grass with no bare spots or excessive weeds. Grass shall be mowed and edged, and grass around foundations and fences shall be trimmed. Debris shall be removed, and the landscape design should have a unified, balanced appearance that is neat and natural.
LANDSCAPE & FLOWER BEDS: Beds that are weeded and edged with flowers deadheaded and dead plants removed. Trees and shrubs pruned. Natural areas cleaned. Beautification efforts may include new flowers, new trees, new shrubs, etc. Plantings in scale with the surroundings and limited to a few different types of plants, rather than too many which may confuse the eye.
WALKWAYS & DRIVEWAYS: Walkways and driveways shall be clean (including trash containers or yard products removed from view). Area in front of curb free from debris and dirt. Evening appearance after dusk including accent lighting, safety lighting, visible interior lighting, etc.
AESTHETICS: Overall look of landscaping (formal versus informal, use of color and textures, garden art). Inviting look of front entryway (hanging baskets, pots, cleanliness etc.) Originality/creativity (any special touches of the owner i.e., approved yard art, bird feeders, etc.)
While lack of strict adherence to the above criteria above does not necessarily result in a disqualification, these principles offer general guidelines that should be recognized by the program.
Please be sure to visit the ‘Photo Gallery’ for photos of the monthly ‘Winners’ and homes recognized with ‘Honorable Mention’.
Please use the website’s ‘Contact Us’ feature for questions about the program or to nominate a home for recognition, and direct these to the Board Member who is responsible for ‘Landscaping’.
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