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It's time for Yard of the Month Nominations!

Would you like to recognize your neighbor or yourself for The Preserve at Stone Oak Yard of the Month? Do you see a yard that demonstrates above average "curb appeal"? If so, please submit your nomination to the PSO Board at this email address: [email protected] by Thursday, April 29, 2021. The winner will be announced the first week of May.

The winner of the Yard of the Month will be provided with a decorative yard sign for display indicating their winning yard, one free month of HOA dues, as well as a posting on our community website which will include a picture.

路 All current Preserve at Stone Oak properties are automatically eligible.
路 Key criteria include manicured yard, beautification, originality, and creativity.
路 The upkeep of the yard can reflect the efforts of the residents themselves or that of a professional landscaper or groundskeeper.
路 The same property cannot receive Yard of the Month more than once a year, meaning at least 12 months must elapse between awards for the same yard.
路 Yard of the Month winners must be current with their Association dues with no outstanding fines due.
路 While an individual's home is being recognized as a Preserve at Stone Oak "Yard of the Month" they are expected to maintain their yard in the same manner that allowed them to win the title.
路 Winners may be disqualified if their property is in violation of any HOA covenants or ACC regulations.
路 In the event the homeowner who is chosen to win Yard of the Month does not wish to participate, they must contact the PSO Board as soon as possible. The Board will then choose another yard.
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Got tree damage questions? Read Neil Sperry鈥檚 post first: Tip: LIVE OAKS, SHUMARD RED OAKS, CRAPE MYRTLES AND VITEX. "Patience" is still the key word here.

I have spent 6 hours talking to and e-mailing some of the state's finest arborists and foresters. The consensus opinion is that we do not know the extent of any damage or dieback with these tree species, and that we may not know it for several more weeks.

That confirmed what I've suspected. As I've been driving around my hometown of McKinney and North Dallas in general, trees that had no leaves one day have been showing strong signs of growth just a day or two later. Trees are leafing out one branch at a time. Or top growth and no bottom growth. Or just the reverse. That's all odd, but not in this year. And the sequence of which species are leafing out first seems to be altered as well. Nothing is normal this year 鈥 but you already knew that.

Unless there are reasons to suspect hazards are present, the certified arborists say they're strongly discouraging tree take-downs for now. The veterans among them say that they've seen this before 鈥 for example, that following prior extreme winters live oaks generally leafed out and recovered.

As one of the founders of The Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney, I have more than just passing interest in the fate of the thousands of crape myrtles in our city. Many have been reluctant to bud out for spring, but variety by variety they're now beginning to grow. We will continue to watch and record them. It's part of the reasons we wanted the Trails 鈥 so we could compare the varieties' winter hardiness.

So for the next couple of weeks, when you post questions asking why your live oaks, Shumard red oaks, crape myrtles or vitex aren't leafing out normally, I'm going to beg your understanding. Neither I nor the tree care professionals have the final answers just yet. Our bet is that they will become obvious over the next several weeks.

Please do not post questions about other types of plants as Comments beneath this Garden Tip. Please scroll down in the "Community" thread. There's a very good chance that I've already addressed them there.

PHOTO CREDIT: Beth K. DFW area. Her live oaks illustrate the variable re-leafing perfectly. And look at the neighbor's tree across the street, too. Arborists and foresters tell us that all of these will probably catch up with one another.
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