Friday, August 15, 2008

Keep Carrollton Beautiful’s August Yard of the Month

Retirement didn’t really fit Dewey Beck; so he made some serious progress on his yard before going back to “work”. Both Dewey and his wife, Juanita, give the credit to the other, but anyone can see that someone planned, designed, prepared and planted their new beds.

After living at their home since 1991, they decided that is was time to tear-out the old overgrown plantings original to the house and start over. Spending some time planning and researching which plants would do best in his environment, Mr. Beck selected plants that would reseed themselves. He also had to be careful to select some that could abide the shade in his front yard. Before he planted, he also spent time preparing the beds for the plants he selected.

In only seven months of retirement, Dewey created a lush, peaceful surrounding for his entire home by planted begonias, caladiums, day lilies and Cora Vinca. Of course he doesn’t take all the credit - saying that his wife is “the wind beneath my wings”. The result is cohesion of his property inviting the visitor to explore around every corner.

Even with the compost and mulch, some of the beds are requiring a lot of water with the temperature staying above 100 degrees for weeks. After they are established, they won’t require so much water because they are suited for their specific surroundings.

“It’s residents like the Becks that show everyone how they can maintain their yards and be a positive impact in their neighborhood” said Sharon Goddard, Exec. Dir. of Keep Carrollton Beautiful.

If you know someone who is an example for their neighbors, feel free to nominate them for Keep Carrollton Beautiful’s Yard of the Month award. They will receive a sign in their yard for a month, a certificate and news release about their efforts. Call 972.466.2121 or email with your nomination.

Be sure and cleanout that back room or garage and get ready to bring your recyclables to Texas Recycles Day on November 15th in Newman Smith’s parking lot. To volunteer, go to and register.

Keep Carrollton Beautiful is a catalyst and community liaison making Carrollton a cleaner and more beautiful place. Keep Carrollton Beautiful is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, dedicated to empower Carrollton to enhance our community environment.
Since 2004, we have held 48 public events utilizing 5,150 volunteers. Our programs funnel energy and money into community improvement in partnership with Carrollton’s public, private and civic groups. Our leadership is a volunteer Board who work in all aspects of the community.

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