This program encourages the citizens of Lyons to clean up and beautify their yards while being encouraged and rewarded.
Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Winners receive a $100 gift card, their picture in the paper, on the website, and social media. They will also receive a sign to place in their yard for the following month announcing them as the Seasonal Yard of Excellence Winner.
1. Must be in the city limits of Lyons.
2. Landscaping and curb appeal: The yard should be well-maintained and visually appealing. This includes having neatly trimmed lawns, healthy plants, and tidy flowerbeds. The overall landscaping should enhance the aesthetic appeal of the property.
3. Cleanliness and tidiness: The yard should be free of debris, such as fallen branches, leaves, or excessive clutter. Well-maintained pathways, driveways, and sidewalks also contribute to a tidy appearance.
4. Plant selection and diversity: A Yard of the Month often highlights a variety of plants, including flowers, shrubs, and trees. The selection of plants should demonstrate creativity, aesthetic harmony, and an appropriate balance of colors and textures.
5. Seasonal appeal: The yard should exhibit ongoing maintenance and adaptability throughout the seasons. This can be achieved by incorporating seasonal plants and decorations that reflect the changing environment.
6. Overall creativity and originality: The Yard of the Month program often values unique and innovative landscaping designs. It may consider the creative use of space, incorporation of artistic elements, or the inclusion of sustainable practices such as water conservation or native plantings.