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June Yard of the Month: 1933 Tippah
June 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Congrats to our June Yard of the Month winners, Ricardo Albarran and Danny Smith at 1933 Tippah Ave.
Ricardo and Danny have lived in Plaza-Midwood since 1998, moving to north Charlotte for a short time, yet soon returning to the ambience and character they missed. They initially resided at 1929 Club Rd, subsequently in Belvedere Woods for nine years, and have now been on Tippah for almost five years.
The current home was built in 2005, and the original owner created water features in the front and back yards. Both yards were heavily planted with shrubs and trees, which had quickly consumed much of the yard space. The water feature in the front was heard but barely seen due to the abundance of greenery. The backyard was completely revisioned by removing fencing and wax myrtles, adding smaller shrubs and dwarf arborvitae, as well as placing koi in the pond, which is overlooked from the porch recently transformed into a Florida room.
Ricardo and Danny converted the front pond and stream to a pond-less stream, which is much more shallow and lower maintenance, while simultaneously providing more white noise as it flows over three small waterfalls. The additional major change in the front yard was removing and cutting back numerous plants and shrubs to create more open space and showcase not only the stream, but highlight the contrast between natural area rocks, evergreen plants, and flowering plants.
The yard now contains purple salvia, pink and yellow daisies, hosta and pink (upright) phlox as perennials. White and pink begonias, along with red impatiens have been added as annuals to add more color for summer and further soften the rock-lined stream, large tree and other green foliage. Various yard sculptures that include a decorative bird bath and wrought iron bench are intermixed within the yard. The front median is a work-in-progress as dark green ground cover is being intertwined with much lighter creeping jenny to fill in an area challenged by tree roots, shade and water unavailability.