The Southern's summer contest, Best on the Block, continues. Each month, a winner will be chosen from submitted photographs. The creator of the winning yard will get three prizes: $50 gift certificates from Plantscape in Herrin, Burkdell Mulch in Carbondale and Southside Lumber in Herrin.

The yard work must be done by you, not a professional landscaper or gardener.

Here’s what to do:

1. Take digital photos 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 the yard the Best on the Block.

2. Go to www.thesouthern.com/bestblock to enter your information and upload your photos.

A winner will be chosen near the end of the month by a panel at The Southern and will be featured in a story the first Friday of the month, through October.

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