Start the grass when it can best meet weed competition - Kentucky blue grass and redtop in the early fall when weeds are few, Bermuda grass when warm weather arrives so that its vigorous growth will enable it to get ahead of competitors.

Trees should be located to frame the house by being placed at the corners so that the space at the middle of the front of the house is left open, or placed at the back so that they extend up over it thus giving a setting for it. They should not be too thick or crowd the front. They can be used as a frame and still give ample shade.

Shrubs should be planted against the foundations of the house at corners and in angles including the angles of the steps or of porches, also at intermediate points of long straight sides. Such plantings should not be continuous along the whole foundation of any side of the building nor should the different clumps be uniform as to size, height or breadth, or composed of the same kinds of plants. By this means variety and interest will be provided.

Garden Score Card

FRONT YARD

Per Cent

Walks and drives:

Location................

15

Kind and condition of surfaces.........................,

5

-

20

Lawns:

Location and outline...................................

15

Evenness and purity of stand of grasses..................

15

-

30

Plantings:

Arrangement.........................................

15

Appropriateness of kinds...................................

10

Vigor of growth and freedom from injury.................

10

-

35

General care and neatness...................................

15

100

FRONT AND BACK YARDS

Lawns:

Location and outline......................................

10

Evenness and purity of stand of grasses..................

10

-

20

Walks and drives:

Location...................................................

10

Kind and condition of surfaces..........................

5

-

15

Service area:

Location...........................................

5

Surface and arrangement...............................

5

-

10

Play area:

Location.............................

5

Suitablenesss.........................................

5

-

10

Plantings:

Arrangement.........................................

15

Appropriateness of kinds...............................

10

Vigor of growth and freedom from injuries................

5

-

30

15

General neatness...............................

100

Another appropriate location for shrub planting is in clumps along the boundaries. These, too, should be irregular as to size, varying in width and in height and be composed of different kinds of plants. The corners and the entrances are especially worthy of emphasis and should be adorned with plantings. Junctions of walks and drives and the insides of curves are other appropriate locations for shrub groups. But care must be used not to create danger points by having such plantings so high that they obstruct the view of traffic. The screening of service areas and the partial seclusion of garden areas may be secured by using such plants either as irregular masses or as hedges.

Vines may be used on fences, arbors or trellises about the home or even against the buildings or on the porch. Care must be used not to smother the house by their use.

Herbaceous perennials may be used here and there in the edges of the shrubbery groups to add bright colored flowers at times when the shrubs are not flowering, also in special borders arranged as part of the border plantings or in beds or borders in the flower garden.

Annual flowers may be used as little clumps here and there in the edges of the shrubbery to add color through midsummer and early fall, or may be used to supplement perennials in the border or for planting the flower garden.

Plants should be selected that are known to thrive in the locality. Those listed in the catalogues of nearby nurserymen are usually safe. Native plants and those commonly grown in the community should form the nucleus of the plantations. Cone-bearing evergreens may often be used freely in the north and broadleaf evergreens in the south.