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Yard maintenance being recognized in Rhinelander Submitted: 07/30/2014
RHINELANDER - Summertime can mean a lot of yard work for homeowners. It's a time for people with green thumbs to show off their skills and to make flowers bloom.

A group in Rhinelander wants to recognize people and businesses for their exceptional yards.

Yard of the Month was introduced to Rhinelander by former city administrator Bill Bell. The community where he used to live had a similar program. So he approached Master Gardeners of the North to see if they would be willing to partner with the city.

Robert G. Heck, of Heck Capital Advisors, takes his landscaping seriously. "I've always liked landscaping. And we tried to put up a beautiful building here as kind of a gateway here into Rhinelander."

Heck Capital Advisors is the recipient of the Commercial Yard of the Month award for July. That's an honor that Heck is really proud of, "I love Rhinelander, and we want to do well for Rhinelander," said Heck. "This was a chance to set things up and maybe help the process along."

This is the fifth year of Yard of the Month in Rhinelander. The city started the program to encourage beautiful lawns, and to recognize those going even further.

"What they're looking for is something that is a little above and beyond," said Diane Dei Rossi, a member of Master Gardeners of the North, "If there's a lawn it needs to be neat and trimmed. We also look for nice use of shrubs and flowers."

Three awards are given out each month. The Traditional and Blooming residence awards are given to homeowners with exceptional lawn and flower displays. There is also a Commercial yard of the month, given to a business with an exceptional front yard.

In order to qualify as a Yard of the Month Candidate, your yard needs to be visible from the road. "It's about what you can see when you drive by, and how it enhances your neighborhood," said Dei Rossi.

Resident winners receive a certificate, signed by the mayor and the city administrator. They also receive a sign that will be placed in their yard for the duration of the month. And lastly, they receive a $50 credit on their water utility bill. However, commercial winners don't receive the credit toward their water utility bill. But to Robert, the recognition is more than enough.

Master Gardeners of the North have already started judging the August nominees. They are also accepting nominations for September. If you know of a yard that is worthy of being the next Yard of the Month, you can nominate them by contacting the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce at 715-365-7464 or info@rhinelanderchamber.com.

Story By: Anthony Bruno

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