Angel Tree 2018

on Jan 07 in Giving Back, YN News

With one of the most fulfilling activities we did as a team during the 2018 holiday season, we were excited to bring back the angel tree for the young children in the YN family. With the help of Yard-Nique, our staff members and their families, we were able to provide gifts for 123 kids!
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Celebrating 34th Annual National Night Out!

on Aug 15 in Giving Back, YN News

Earlier this month, we had the privilege of joining one of our neighborhoods in celebrating the 34th annual National Night Out(NNO). NNO is a community-building event to promote partnerships with neighborhoods and local law enforcement agencies. To learn more about this campaign and how you can support and event near you, go to

Carolina Preserve Earth Day 2016

on Jun 11 in Giving Back

On Saturday June 14th, after a few scheduling changes due to inclement weather, Yard-Nique hosted an Earth Day celebration for the residents of Carolina Preserve in Bradford Hall.

With help from the property management company, Landarc, we were able to provide a cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs for the people that attended the event. The event included presentations on Ornamentals and Turf Pests, provided by our very own Tony Gregory. Tony discussed common pests that we experience in the industry, how to recognize them in the landscape, and management practices that the homeowners can use.

Yard-Nique also conducted a Container Gardening Seminar in which our landscape designer, Bobby Jones, talked about planter design ideas, how to create a container garden, and answered questions from the homeowners. During the discussions a planter was put together that was raffled off to one of the attendees. The planter was delivered to her home and placed in a location of her liking. All the food and plant material for the event was provided by Yard-Nique.

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Yard-Nique Bike Team Rides to Honor Fallen Heroes

on Aug 27 in Giving Back, YN News

Yard-Nique’s bicycling team supports several amazing causes by participating in fundraising bike events. The latest event was this past weekend, the 6th Annual Five-O Memorial Bicycle Ride hosted by the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation.

This great organization’s mission is to “honor Raleigh police officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice and to pledge that their unselfish acts and commitment to protecting others will never be forgotten.” That is something team Yard-Nique is glad to have been able to help with.

More information about the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation can be found at

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Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz 2015!

on Jun 24 in Giving Back

Yard-Nique, along with our partner Waste Solutions, was privileged to help Habitat for Humanity of Wake County with the 2015 Home Builders Blitz from June 5-12, 2015!

During the Blitz, 5 homes were built in just 7 days! Yard-Nique provided the landscaping, and Waste Solutions provided debris removal for two of the houses. More information about the Builders Blitz can be found here.
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Yard-Nique Distresses Terra Cotta Pots with Residents in Carolina Arbors

on Mar 02 in Giving Back

On February 24th it was one of the coldest days of the year but the Yard-Nique team and some Carolina Arbors residents were toasty warm inside with a “hands on” workshop for distressing terra cotta pots.

Aged and distressed terra cotta pots have a romantic appeal but sometimes it is hard to wait for the weather and mineral deposits over time on these pots to do their own thing making them look aged so that’s where we come in to speed up the natural process.

Residents were introduced to a number of ways to change the look of the supplied terra cotta pot which involved faux painting, sanding and a method applying candle wax prior to painting so the paint would chip off. Some of the residents added more color than others, while some really went for the look of a pot that had ages in a garden shed keeping the colors muted.

The end result was that no two pots looked the same and everyone left with a great start on spring with a planter.

Yard-Nique supplied all of the materials for the craft for a small fee mainly to cover the cost of the clay pot and there was plenty of help on hand for the residents if needed. It was a great morning doing something creative to start off a winter day.

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Magnolia Wreath Workshop at Carolina Preserve

on Dec 20 in Giving Back

Nothing says Carolina like a Magnolia Wreath!

On December 4th, the Yard-Nique team hosted its 2nd annual wreath making workshop in Bradford Hall. This year’s wreaths were completed in early December and perfect for decorating this holiday season!

It was a full house with over 30 residents attending and everyone left with a beautiful handmade all natural wreath! As in the past, the Yard-Nique team provided instruction and was there to assist the residents as needed with the project. Yard-Nique was able to supply everything needed for the project including wreath forms, fresh magnolia clippings, other assorted greenery and finishing ribbon.

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Yard-Nique 2014 Bike MS – 10 Years in the Fight!

on Oct 20 in Giving Back

This September, Yard-Nique had the honor of sponsoring a team to ride in Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride.

This is the 10th year Yard-Nique has sponsored a team to ride in the event, which raises funds to help fight Multiple Sclerosis, and every year we have more participants and raise more funds.  This year Team Yard-Nique raised over $35,000!
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Built to Honor – 9-11-2014

on Sep 14 in Giving Back

Yard-Nique is honored to be able to participate in Built to Honor; an amazing endeavor in which local home builders and contractors build homes for severely wounded combat veteran and their families. The homes are custom built to accommodate the specific needs of the disabled veteran, thus allowing them to lead as normal a life as possible following such a life changing event.

This year, Yard-Nique donated landscaping services to help build a new home for US Marine Corps Corporal Nathan Jakubisin who was injured in combat and now has an artificial leg.

In a special ceremony, held on September 11th, 2014, Built to Honor presented Corporal Jakubisin and his family with the keys to a custom built home.   In attendance, along with the volunteers and corporate donors, was the Mayor of Fuquay-Varina, John Byrne, and Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina.

Yard-Nique would like to thank everyone involved in building the home for Corporal Nathan and his family.  In addition Yard-Nique has donated our maintenance services to his new home as a tribute to say thank you for all he has done so we can live our lives in peace.

These are the kinds of things that make what we do every day worth it!

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Corporal Jakubisin Accepting Keys to His New Home
President /CEO Brian DuMont and Lead Designer Kelly Fortune Accepting Awards for Donations.
Brian Dumont, President /CEO and Kelly Fortune, Lead Designer Receive Award from John Byrne, Mayor of Fuquay-Varina, Pat McCrory, Governor of NC, and Mikkel Thompson of Pulte Homes for Assisting in Built to Honor Home for Corporal Jakubisin.

Habitat for Humanity – Team Event 2014

on Jun 10 in Giving Back

Wearing big smiles and snappy construction gear, a Yard-Nique team volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity worksite on May 30th. Notice the second-floor exterior wall–this was just a pile of lumber when the sun rose.

Thanks to Brian DuMont, Jenny Moore, Kelly Somers, Bobby Jones, Josh Clark, John Richards, and Jill Wissing for helping build a home for a single mother and her daughter.

Yard-Nique will also be putting in the landscaping for the home during the upcoming Builders Blitz.

Here are some photos of Team Yard-Nique.

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