16 Curb Appeal: Mark Linton visits Staff Sgt. Jordan Willsey's home

Our 16 Curb Appeal winner is eager to find out what the experts from Linton's Enchanted Gardens can do with his front yard.

Staff Sergeant Jordan Willsey is a teacher at Goshen High School and also trains soldiers at Grissom Air Reserve Base.

The look of his Mishawaka home is about to be transformed with new plants, shrubs, and a new American flag.

He's not the only one who will enjoy the new landscaping, though.

Jordan has some important women in his life. Mom Terry Wiley really wanted him to win the 16 Curb Appeal contest.

"I come over every week and mow his yard for him," she told us.

But there's also his girlfriend Chelsea Cochran and his dog Eleanor.

"I am not afraid to work in the yard. I'm not very experienced with it, but it's something I can learn," Chelsea explains.

Chelsea and Jordan are about to learn a lot from Mark Linton and his team.

"This is going to be a fun process. We would like to help them learn and teach them as we go about the process," Mark explains.

After a storm took down their flagpole last fall, this couple would like the American flag to be the focal point of their new landscaping. But there's one problem.

"Right now we've got this huge sycamore in the way. It's probably the most ideal place to fly a flag," Mark explains. "We've got concerns about the branches starting to grow in to the house. We're heavily shading the lawn here. It becomes a huge shade tree and engulfs the entire front yard."

Another challenge is the sloping front yard. Mark says it actually works in their favor.

"The neat thing about working with a hillside is that it really displays the landscape at an angle," Mark explains. "Right now, it's just grass and a tree, but it's a real opportunity to do something really spectacular, and it's a nice focal point for the front yard."

With measurements taken and notes jotted down, Mark is ready to put some ideas together.

"I'm really excited to see what you'll come up with, and then we can work together to get it done," Jordan told Mark. "Real excited about the whole operation."

Decorative trees are best for front yard landscaping projects. Sycamore trees, like the one that's close to Jordan's house, can reach up to 150 feet tall. They also need a lot of water, robbing the grass of important moisture. Over the next couple weeks, we'll have a number of other landscaping tips from Mark Linton.


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