16 Curb Appeal transformation begins

A $5,000 makeover is on it's way to rescue an Elkhart County front yard.

After your online votes were counted, the Shelton Family won our 16 Curb Appeal Contest.

We were there when Mark Linton met the couple and we found out there's a lot to celebrate.

This was a special day for Patrick and Christan Shelton.

Not only did they get to meet Mark Linton from Linton's Enchanted Gardens, they were celebrating their wedding anniversary.

“When we were looking for our wedding date, it must be a sign,” says Christan Shelton.

A sign of good things to come, like a new front yard.

“I’m excited to be able to learn from the Linton's and be able to upkeep it and have fun through the whole experience,” explains Patrick Shelton. “You know what? It's fun. It's exciting. And we're up to the challenge.”

For this project, it's all about starting over.

“The house was built in 97 so a lot of this has been here since 97,” describes Christan.

“A lot of times there's plants and trees and shrubs that you can save and incorporate into a new design,” says Mark Linton of Linton’s Enchanted Gardens. “Here everything is pretty tired. We're talking about a total redo.”

The biggest challenge is the overgrown decorative tree and raised flower bed, nicknamed the Shelton Family Weed Box.

“I'm so excited it's going to be leaving and this tree is going to be gone,” says Christan.

Here's something else that's going, the thorny bush that guards the front door.

“We got barberries all along the sidewalk have grown about a foot over into the walkway, they've got thorns on them so that's definitely something that needs to come out of there,” describes Linton

Mark took down the measurements and got an idea of what this couple would like to see.

“It's exciting to be able to give our opinion on what the yard is going to look like,” says Christan. “It means that we get a whole new beginning. After talking to him, he's going to clean up this mess and help us. And actually make it our own style.”

A new style that will have a whole lot of curb appeal.

Mark says this is not the time of year to do transplanting, but that installing new materials from nursery containers should be ok, as long as you give the plants plenty of water.

Stay tuned as we follow the 16 Curb Appeal transformation step by step in the Shelton's front yard.

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