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Daniel family surprised by Yard of the Month honor

Angie Daniel thinks her yard is in the worst shape that it has been in months. But the McDuffie Garden Council didn't think so. The Daniels' yard on Laura Lane was named the February Yard of the Month.


Angie Daniel and her son pose on the front porch of the Daniel home.

"I don't really know how we got it," Mrs. Daniel said. "When (the McDuffie Garden Council) called I was like 'This is the worst our yard looks.' Usually in the spring you've got nice flowers and everything, and it looks a lot better."

According to Mrs. Daniel, there is nothing special about her yard -- only that she and her husband John keep the grass neatly trimmed. And that is her favorite aspect of the yard.

"Even through the harder seasons it does well," Mrs. Daniel said. "It's not the prettiest now, but most of the time it stays green and we have a pretty good stand of grass."

The Daniels got started making their yard shine when they became homeowners. They wanted it to look nice for those who passed by and for those in the neighborhood.

The front porch of the Daniel home is lined with planters full of pansies. In front of the house is what Mrs. Daniel calls boxwood shrubs in beds of pine straw. Monkey grass forms a border between the pine straw and the yard.

Mrs. Daniel said the back yard is still recovering from their former dogs. Black Labrador Retrievers used to make their home there. Holes they dug and paths they wore along the fence line are slowly but surely recovering.

The summer is the busiest time in the Daniels' yard. Both Mr. and Mrs. Daniel keep the yard looking nice with work on it about once a week.

"In the summer we just keep it edged and trimmed and the grass cut and the leaves up." Mrs. Daniel said. "We just keep it nice and clean. That's about all we have to do."

Also, Mrs. Daniel usually plants flowers according to the season. But she doesn't think that gives her any advantages in working with plants. It only shows that she enjoys them.

"I can't say I have a green thumb or know a whole lot about (plants)," she said. "We both like to work out there. I'd rather do that than clean the house."


1) YARD1 -- cutline: Angie Daniel and her son pose on the front porch of the Daniel home.

Web posted on Thursday, February 12, 2004

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