Sherwood homeowners: If you take pride in the exterior appearance of your residence, don’t keep it a secret. Let the whole world, or at least Keep Sherwood Beautiful, know how good your yard looks.

Sherwood Alderman Ken Keplinger said during the late May City Council meeting that property owners should notify Keep Sherwood Beautiful as a way to receive recognition.

"There is a Yard of the Month (contest) with Keep Sherwood Beautiful," Keplinger said. "Be sure to submit something so we can nominate you for the Yard of the Month."

Keplinger said all city residents are eligible to win the recognition.

"It’s open to the public, too," Keplinger said. "Not just aldermen or city officials. Let us know if you see a yard."

Keplinger said the Yard of the Month contest is a way to build civic pride.

"We want to keep the city of Sherwood looking beautiful," Keplinger said.

In the Spring Keep Sherwood Beautiful begins this program.

"Depending on the weather we will begin in April, ending in August but do one in October for Fall/Halloween decor and then again in December for Christmas décor," Keplinger said. "Each winner receives a sign for their yard to keep a month, a certificate and a gift. "

Keplinger said the city is looking for yards in Sherwood that are visible from the street, eye catching, neat and trim, pleasing to view.

"Plants should be the main content of the yard," Keplnger said. "A few yard ornaments add to the viewing pleasure."

Keplinger added, "At Halloween and Christmas we look for yard with imaginative decor, done by the residents themselves and also ones that depict the season."

Nominations are due the Friday before the 4th Tuesday during the Spring and Summer.

Fall/Halloween decor nominations are due Oct. 12 and Christmas decor nominations are due Dec. 8.

Keep Sherwood Beautiful also provides other services to the community that promote a tidy town.

The Adopt a Spot program also encourages antilitter.

People can choose an area, park, street that you’d like to keep clean. People register with Keep Sherwood Beautiful and a sign will be posted there that a person, organization or business is keeping it picked up.

The organization also sells ads on barrels that it recycles. This has been Keep Sherwood Beautiful’s only continuous fund raiser. The funds help the organization with expenses. All donations are tax deductible as it is classified by the IRS as a 501-C-3 non-profit organization.