We sincerely appreciate being named September’s Yard of the Month! We moved to Heights Park in April of 2016. While the interior had been completely remodeled prior to the purchase, the front yard had little to no attention prior. The landscaping overhaul began in the heat of Summer 2016, starting with removing all existing shrubbery, installing new edging, and planting all new bushes and drought-tolerant plants closest to the house. Over the past few years, these flowerbeds all became established and healthy; however, the grass in the front was still unhealthy due to an extended period of having a large dumpster on the yard during the remodel. After much deliberation on what to do with the space – installing sod, planting trees, or making a flower bed – we decided to add creativity and Zen to the space by installing a four-room flower bed with pathways. Due to the bed being such a large space, it took some time and labor to edge it and get it plant-ready. We installed an assortment of colors and sizes, with everything from crepe myrtles to transplanted plants from my parent’s ranch to seeds. Although a large number of the plants are perennials, we also chose several annuals so we can change them out with season and preference. Monthly trips to Canton’s first Monday trade days supplied the majority of plant life in the yard. Other than hiring out the labor for the initial bush removal, everything in the front yard has been the product of us two. I inherited my mother’s love of nature, finding much peace and solace in manual labor and dirty hands. Thanks again for the award! We are genuinely grateful others enjoy it as much as we do!
Malarie Kennedy & Nate Sickler