Sweetwood Estates HOA


Criteria for Yard of the Month

The Yard of the Month committee was first formed in August of 1995. The rules that the committee follows are:
The committee is made up of three residents, with at least two members present to make the decision.
A different yard is to be selected on the first day of every month, and the Yard of the Month sign is then posted.
The owner's acceptance is required; when the owner declines the award, the second choice is made the winner. (We have never encountered this action.)
A yard may only be selected every 12 months.
Records will be kept of winners, including address and lot number.
No yard is selected if the owner is in arrears on his homeowner association dues or
late fees.
The present committee follows these rules.
Our procedure is to drive around the neighborhood together to select the best kept yard. We look at the health of the grass, evidence of edging, lack of weeds, trimmed shrubbery and trees, and well kept flower gardens. We usually find 3-4 yards per month to consider, and then by reexamining our choices, we make the final decision in unison.
We, Florence Warren, Sherry  LaRue and Mary Jo Strah, have enjoyed doing this for several years. Sometimes our choice is so easy, but there are months that it takes us a long time to find the yard that is to be awarded the sign. This happens when our weather is especially hot/dry, with the lack of water. Winter months also present all of us as homeowners with problems to keep our lawns well kept. Florida!
When we approach the house, people are all excited and cameras come out. At our annual association meeting, we ask if the owners want us to continue. So far they remain enthusiastic and we continue our monthly "ride".
Please know that your type of grass does not stop us from awarding you the sign. Grass is only part of our selection, as listed above. We are looking for the best yard for that particular month ... overall appearance ...... not just grass.
If you have any questions please contact the committee.
Mary Jo Strah

October 2013

Yard of the Month

Congratulations to Iva Walton of Sweet Oak Drive, winner of the October 2019 Yard of the Month.

Congratulations to Ashley and Matthew Battani of Sweet Oak Drive, winners of the September 2019 Yard of the Month award.

Congratulations to Barbara Wittenberg of Sweetwood Drive, winner of the August 2019 Yard of the Month award.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Darius Graziani of Sweetwood Drive, winners of the July 2019 Yard of the Month award.

Congratulations to Dorothy and Scott Fennell of Sweet Pine Drive, winners of the June 2019 Yard of the Month award.

​​​​Many thanks to Flo Warren, Mary Jo Strah, and Sherry LaRue for serving as judges for the award.