We're so happy to celebrate Cindy Ling and Peter Roos, our Spring Texas Smart Yard Award winners! This award recognizes the outstanding effort made by local residents who maintain their green spaces using environmentally sound principles. Chosen by a committee of Keep Rowlett Beautiful Board members, the Rowlett Neighborhood Life Office and Rowlett Code Enforcement Officers, their home is located in the northeastern section of town.
One of Cindy’s biggest goal this year was to combine native edibles with cultivated heirloom varieties of vegetables. As featured in one of the photos, she left a swath of dandelions in the back yard to harvest.
According to the Smithsonian:The dandelion plant used to be considered, and by many still is considered, an herb. Dandelion greens themselves are high in iron, calcium, Vitamins A, C, K and B2 among other vitamins and minerals, and at one point were used for medicine. On top of that, they also contain more calcium and iron than spinach. Dandelion also contain more beta carotene than carrots.
Cindy is committed to using as many native species as possible. “Natives are an ideal plant because they are uniquely suited to the local growing conditions. They take less work and resources such as water, fertilizer, spraying and mulch. Native plants also attract local wildlife, birds and butterflies.” Cindy practices organic and pesticide free gardening for health and protection of pollinators and wildlife. Cindy and Peter have had their yard certified as a Wild-life Habitat. Their goal is to “preserve and maintain a healthy eco-system that provides water, shelter and food for our native wildlife.”
Know someone (like, maybe...YOU!) who deserves a future Texas Smart Yard award? Visit the Neighborhood Awards page for more information and to submit a nomination.