• Yard clutter: Clean up any toys or other out-of-place items on the lawn. It's a distraction and looks ugly.
• Neglected lawn: When your lawn looks good, you look good. When you mow, cut only one-third of the height of the lawn to avoid weed growth and disease.
• Poor planting: Do your homework to figure out where plants will grow best and what care they need.
• Poor trimming: Mowing your lawn without trimming is like getting half a haircut.
• No focal point: Trey Rogers advises people to make a statement with their front yard and create something for people to look at, whether a fun plant or brightly colored door.
SOURCE: Briggs & Stratton Yard Smarts program
During a recent visit to Engh Gardens in Sandy, owner Darin Engh handpicked a few plants he said homeowners would enjoy and have success in growing this summer.
• Stratosphere, Pink Picotee (Gaura lindheimeri).
Blooms May through September. Full sun. Grows 12-16 inches tall.
• Pincushion Flower, Butterfly Blue (Scabiosa columbaria).
Blooms summer through fall. Full sun. Grows 12-15 inches tall.
• Blanket Flower, Arizona Sun (Gaillardia grandiflora).
Blooms summer through fall. Full to partial sun. 16-18 inches tall
• Dolce, Creme Brulee (Heuchera).
Blooms spring to summer. Partial shade. Grows 8-16 inches tall.
• Supertunia, Vista Bubblegum (Petunia hybrid).
Blooms from time of planting to hard frost. Full sun to partial shade. Grows 16-24 inches tall.
• Million Bells, Terra Cotta (Calibrachoa) .
Blooms spring to fall. Full sun to partial shade. Grows 7-10 inches tall.
• Super Elfin Sunrise (Impatiens).
Blooms from summer until frost. Partial shade. Grows 8 inches tall.
Is your yard ugly?
Enter a contest to have Trey Rogers fix up your ugly yard, courtesy Briggs & Stratton Corp. The deadline is Monday. For rules and contest information, log on to myugly