Do you spend long hours outside, making your landscape beautiful? Do you know someone who does? Now you can be rewarded for all that hard work, even if you’re just beginning.

Enter The Southern’s contest, Best on the Block.

We will choose the Best on the Block from submitted photos, and each month’s winner will take home three prizes: $50 gift certificates from Plantscape in Herrin, Burkdell Mulch in Carbondale and Southside Lumber in Herrin.

Winners will be chosen at the end of each month during the contest and will be featured in an article in July, August, September and October on this page.

One more thing: The yard work cannot have been designed or created by a professional landscaper or gardener.

Here’s what to do:

1. Take a high-resolution digital photo of what makes your yard or your friend’s yard a contender. It can feature flowers, flowering shrubs, overall landscaping, vegetable gardens, rock gardens or whatever makes your yard the Best on the Block.

2. Go to to enter your information and upload your photo. Be sure to include all your contact info.

So, put the pruners down, grab your camera and enter today.