If there's a green space in your community that's an eyesore, or that just could use a facelift, consider nominating it, and both the space and you could win big.
A new contest is accepting nominations of school yards, town halls, picnic areas and other public spaces that could use some help in looking their best. One green space will be selected from all the entries. If your site is chosen, you'll get to attend Yard Smarts Boot Camp, where you'll learn yard care skills hands on.
Right now, March entries are being accepted for two spots in the monthly Yard Smarts Boot Camp search. Because this is the first month the contest is running, I'm told it has only received a handful of entries, so your odds of winning are pretty good.
Here's how to enter: visit yardsmartsbootcamp.com (The Yard Smarts Facebook page), click "Enter Now," and, on the next screen, click the link to upload either photos or a video, and explain why you need help learning how to care for your yard.
Five semifinalists will be selected from the March entries to be put up on the site for public voting. Two winners will be chosed by public vote.
Winners will spend a weekend at Boot Camp on the site of the winning green space, a new lawn mower and pressure washer, plus a $200 gift card. Winners must attend Boot Camp to receive their prizes.
Trey Rogers, a professor of turfgrass science at Michigan State University, and author of the book, "Lawn Geek," will lead the Boot Camp.