August 2020 YoM

The Yard of the Month for August belongs to Yvette and Chris Wagner at 6401 Steer Trail.  Yvette and Chris have lived here for 26 years and really love the community  –  especially their neighbors on Steer Trail.   One neighbor had the idea that they adopt the name “The Trail Peeps”, a group they describe as always being willing to share a cup of milk, help care for an animal, or join in for  a visit and refreshing beverage in the yard in the evening.  There is a feeling of great fun and pride on Steer Trail. Their neighbors, Gail and Barry McAtee, (former Yard of the Month recipients), came out and applauded their recognition as we were putting up the sign. 

The inspiration for their new landscaping was to solve some drainage problems with runoff water.  The Wagner’s worked with Marian at Waterloo Landscape Design to create an entire new plan for the yard that included a dry creek bed, seating area, river rocks, flagstone, and lush and green plantings.  The front beds under the oak trees feature leopard plants, tropical sage, foxtail ferns, flax lilies, with Regina Walking Iris, and agapanthus lilies lining the front of the house.   Chris is particularly proud of his Texas Native Pecan that has grown from a seedling from the LBJ ranch.   

When asked what inspires them to work in their yard, they both named “weeds” as the motivating factor.  Their lush St. Augustine grass was evidence of their good work!  Some of the gardening advice covered their approach to managing the  mosquitos.  It’s the result of the group effort by their neighbors to have their yards sprayed on the same day (by Barfoot Mosquito). It makes it much nicer for everyone to enjoy the yard.  

Along with the recognition as Yard of the Month, they receive gift certificates from Leaf Landscape, Klingemann’s Car Care Center,  D’Lites Ice Cream , and Cypress Grill. 

Drive by and appreciate the design and hard work of their beautiful yard.  Feel free to stop by for a socially distanced visit if you see them in the yard!