Weeks of planning and pruning, designing and digging are paying off for the Shelton family in Elkhart County.
The NewsCenter 16 Curb Appeal winners are busy new parents who are working full time.
The new landscaping is a welcome change in their busy lives.
Tricia Sloma shows us the amazing transformation in their yard.
When we first visited the Oakbrook Springs subdivision, we could tell where the landscape help was needed.
“When we tell people to come, we say well just pass the beautifully manicured yard and here's our yard,” said Christan Shelton.
Patrick and Christan Shelton have already done a lot of work.
When they bought the place, overgrown trees and shrubs actually covered the windows.
But their work came to a standstill when baby Patrick arrived, that is why they were thrilled when we surprised them with the good news.
“You know what? It's fun. It's exciting. And we're up to the challenge,” said Patrick.
The biggest challenge: removing this eyesore, an overgrown tree and flower bed nicknamed the Shelton family weed box.
With a clean slate and a detailed plan, the crew from Linton's planted trees, shrubs and plants picked out by Christan and Patrick.
There is the forest pansy redbud surrounded by butterfly friendly coralbells.
A ninebark shrub fills the empty space between the windows, and window boxes add color and interest to the front of the home, as well as a hydrangea, black eyed Susans, and knock out roses.
“We've got a lot of color. There's going to be color changing all through out the seasons,” said Linton.
This landscaping solves problems too, such as a thorny bush used to discourage visitors from using the front door.
“They really couldn't use it,” said Linton, of Linton’s Enchanted Gardens. “So we expanded that space, to incorporate a bench a nice little seating area. That way they can spend time out there. And the family can enjoy the front yard as well.”
A water fountain adds beauty and soothing sounds.
“My favorite feature is the fountain,” said Patrick.
While Patrick loves the seating area, Christan admires the garden path.
“And now that the lights are there, I just, I love it,” she said.
Washed river rock fills the empty spaces, creating a long lasting look.
“Definitely like having the rocks in, instead of mulch every year having to add to or redo,” said Patrick.
Even the mailbox got a facelift with changeable covers that coordinate with the front door mat and decorative wreath made by the floral department at Linton's.
“I love all the color it makes the house look not so dull it brightens it up so much,” said Christan.
The project did more than brighten things up, it also made the whole house look bigger and better too.
“Now you can see the house,” said Linton. “A lot of the house was hidden, they have a lovely home and basically we're enhancing the homes beauty where before you couldn't see it.”
“It’s breathtaking,” said Patrick.
“It’s like a dream come true,” said Christan.
NewsCenter 16 would like to thank the crew at Linton's, as well as the irrigation company Wissco that helped them get the Shelton’s lawn to look green again.
The Shelton's have noticed an increase in traffic in their neighborhood as folks slow down to check out the improvements.
Mark Linton has been in the landscaping business for 30 years.