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
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
Sweetwood Estates HOA
Beginning in January 2020 the winner of the Yard of the Month award will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Home Depot.
Congratulations to Kimberly and Michael Vance of Sweet Pine Drive, winners of the November 2020 Yard of the Month award.
Congratulations to Martha and John Hengehold of Sweet Pine Drive, winners of the October Yard of the Month award.
Congratulations to Alicia Fannon of Sweetwood Drive, winner of the September 2020 Yard of the Month award.
Congratulations to Debbie and Frank Fazio of Sweet Pine Drive, winners of the August 2020 Yard of the Month award.
Many thanks to Flo Warren, Mary Jo Strah, and Sherry LaRue for serving as judges for the award.