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LOOKIN' GOOD: Landscaping around home makes it more inviting for Coatsburg woman

Cara Loos landscaped around her home in Coatsburg this spring after moving in last year. She added stones and plants around the house. Cara Loos landscaped around her home in Coatsburg this spring after moving in last year. She added stones and plants around the house.

By MATT HOPF
Herald-Whig Staff Writer

COATSBURG, Ill. -- When Cara Loos moved into her home last year, she decided that she was going to landscape around it to help make it more inviting.

This spring, she added brickwork and stones around the home with plants, and its getting noticed.

"I get so many complements on my front porch," Loos said. "Just to add the plants, the rock and the little light I have there, when you drive by or pull up you get a warm feeling -- very inviting. I love it."

This was the first time she ever undertook a landscaping project. She designed the project, placed all the bricks and stone, and added plants.

"It is a lot of hard work, but it's been nice the compliments I have gotten from people that have driven by from my neighbors who knew what the house looked like before," she said.

While she may have never completed a landscaping project before, her efforts paid off. Loos has been named the Week 5 winner of the Lookin' Good property pride contest sponsored by The Quincy Herald-Whig and First Bankers Trust.

All weekly winners in the contest, now in its 26th year, receive $100 cash and a chance to win the contest's grand prize. It's not too late to enter the contest. Entries will be accepted through midnight Aug. 10. Voting for the grand prize will take place from Aug. 31 through Sept. 4. To enter the Lookin' Good contest, go to whig.com/contest.

Loos said she was looking for a landscaping project that would not require a lot of future maintenance.

"I didn't want to have to do a lot of trimming," she said. I just wanted something that was very nice. I didn't want to make it very busy. I just wanted something simple."

The brick allows her to be able to mow very close, which means little trimming is required.

In the future, Loos hope to add a deck off her kitchen in the backyard.

"There's still a couple small things like yard decorations and yard ornaments that I would like to add in the landscaping, but I haven't found exactly what I'm looking for" she said. "I just want it to be very simple, but very nice and very elegant."

-- mhopf@whig.com/221-3391

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