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In This Issue                                                                          August 2018
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Environmental Education GrantsEEGrants
Receive up to $500 in grant funds for your school project!  The application for KDB's 2018-19 Environmental Education Grants program is NOW OPEN ! Sample projects include: outdoor learning centers, school murals, campus beautification, tree planting projects, butterfly gardens, vegetable/food gardens, rainwater collection, recycling education programs, and more! 

Deadline to apply is October 15 at 5 p.m.  Inspiration, guidelines, and the application can be found  here.
Neighborhood Beautification GrantsNBG
Get funding for your neighborhood improvement project this fall through KDB's Neighborhood Beautification Grants program! Available for neighborhoods, nonprofits, and community groups, Neighborhood Beautification Grant Projects must achieve one or more of the following: 
  • Improve public spaces
  • Beautify the City
  • Nurture a shared sense of neighborhood identity and community pride
Got an idea for a project? The deadline to apply is October 15 at 5 p.m. Read more and apply here .

Community Tree Giveaway:  Tree Species Announced! TG
Announcing the seven tree species options for the 20th Annual Community Tree Giveaway! Check out our official Tree Species Guide to learn more about these trees. 

Registration opens to the public Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. Want to reserve your tree a whole week before everyone else?  Become a KDB Member to register beginning Sept. 10. 
Over the next several months, KDB will introduce you to our hardworking Board of Directors. This month, meet  Ali Silva, KDB's current board president.
Name, KDB title: Ali Silva, Board President
Occupation: 442nd District Court and Family Drug Court Administator
Years active with KDB: ~2009-present
Years in Denton: 12
Favorite KDB event: Community Tree Giveaway, what's not to love about giving people free trees?!
Top 3 favorites things: My German Shepard mix Grayson, the Dallas Stars, and my boyfriend Patrick (in that order ;))
Dogs or cats? Dogs all the way
Favorite holiday or celebration: 4th of July, boating all day and fireworks at night
Favorite TV show or movie: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I know it by heart
Favorite local spot: Andaman Thai - YUM!
Why should someone support KDB?  This is our community; let's take pride in it. Keep Denton Beautiful helps our fellow community members take ownership of their surroundings. I would urge you to come out to an event. Sign up for a free tree at the Tree Giveaway. Pick up some trash at the Great American Cleanup. Attend a free workshop at the Redbud Festival. Become a member or business member. My ultimate dream would be for every citizen of the city of Denton to be a member of Keep Denton Beautiful. Let's make that a reality!

To contact Ali about supporting KDB, email ali@kdb.org.
Save the Date: North Texas Giving DayNTXGD
Support your favorite nonprofit, Keep Denton Beautiful, this North Texas Giving Day Your donation benefits the amazing programs KDB provides each year, like the  Community Tree Giveaway Environmental Education Grants , and  the Denton Redbud Festival

Help us keep Denton clean, beautiful and vibrant for generations to come by making your donation on Sept. 20, 6 a.m. - midnight. You can also s chedule your donation beginning Sept. 10. Mark your calendar and give to Keep Denton Beautiful!
August's Yard of the Month WinnersYOTM
3825 Kirby Dr. - Ulinda and Michael 

Ulinda and Michael worked hard to earn the title of Yard of the Month! The couple installed drip irrigation and laid sod all on their own to create a beautiful yardscape. They also take full advantage of containers to provide some pops of color along the front of their home. Their hard work paid off and our YOTM judges noticed!





















619 Parkway St. - Peggy and Rob

Peggy and Rob spend many hours enjoying their beautiful yard. They have native plants like Salvias and Sedum in the front garden, and have efficient drip irrigation installed to keep their gardens lush and thriving. A large native oak tree provides shade on hot summer days. 





















2017 N Locust St. - Jane and Scott

The couple began work on their yard eight years ago and used Dyno Dirt to prepare the space. Jane and Scott were the first customers of Turnkey Landscaping and have worked with the owner on the plans for their low-maintenance, water-conserving design. Jane hopes that their yard will serve as an example for their neighborhood and other Denton residents who might not have the time or energy for a more standard yard. Her favorite aspects are the south side of the property beyond the decorative gate and the gate itself.

2502 Robinwood Ln. - Lindsay and Matt

Lindsay and Matt use Dyno Dirt and manure from their backyard chickens to fertilize the entire front and back yard and gardens each spring, as well as mulch from the City to dress the flowerbeds and tree bases annually for water retention. They created flowerbeds along the perimeter of the front, west facing yard, which dries out quickly in the afternoon heat. However, these beds have been planted with native or well adapted drought tolerant plants, so they stay green with little water and provide food for pollinators in the hot summer months. Lindsay and Matt aim to limit grass to the area beneath the canopy of their trees so that watering the trees also results in watering the grass. The couple purchase plants almost exclusively from Dennis' Feed Store or directly from Painted Flower Farms.




3005 Terry Ct. - Kathy

Kathy is a member of Denton County Master Gardeners (DCMGA) and has maintained her yard - featured in DCMGA's tours TWICE! - since 2004. She prepared her soil with Dyno-Lite, and swears by the Dyno Dirt products offered by the City of Denton. Her yard is a perennial cottage garden and is in line with Texas Agrilife EarthKind practices. Her "secret" to a great garden is to have a master landscaping plan and to prepare the beds BEFORE planting. If you use EarthKind practices and DynoLite like Kathy, your yard could use up to 70% less water than with traditional upkeep. Now that's what I call drought-resistant!




Did you know that trees have been shown to improve businesses by boosting foot traffic in and increasing sales?   KDB wants to give YOUR business FREE TREES through the Trees Mean Business program - planting and delivery included! To receive trees this fall,  apply here. Deadline to apply: Sept. 10 at 5 p.m.
KDB Business Member Spotlightbusiness
Helping us to make a difference in Denton.
We are excited to welcome long-time event T-shirt sponsor, Pan Ector Industries as a new KDB Business Member (Redbud level). They've been a supporter and partner of KDB for many years, but now they've officially joined the KDB family.  Thanks to Pan Ector for their continued support!

To become a KDB Business Member, complete this easy online form.

On the BlogBlog
How Littered is Denton?
KDB conducted its annual Community Appearance Index to assess just how littered our roadways are as of this summer. Volunteers, staff and board members drove all over Denton to come up with a cumulative score. Read about the full results on the KDB  blog
2018 Community Tree Giveaway: Tree Species Announced
The 20th Annual Community Tree Giveaway is quickly approaching. Check out the tree species KDB will offer this year and register on Sept. 17. Read more about available tree species on the KDB blog
Who We Are:

Keep Denton Beautiful, Inc. (KDB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with Denton neighborhoods, businesses, and residents of all ages to create a clean and beautiful Denton. Our vision is a clean, beautiful, and vibrant city.

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