YardApes, Inc. of New Milford will revitalize the green spaces of one nonprofit organization and one area homeowner in the Greater New Milford area April 22, in honor of Earth Day.

The Day of Service contest is a need-based initiative. Contest submissions should be received by March 22.

Contest winners, to be determined and vetted by YardApes president and CEO Shayne Newman and his staff, must demonstrate a need for a green-space renewal and revitalization.

Last year's projects included a landscape renewal for Brookfield's town library at 182 Whisconier Road and the installation of a new lawn and walkway at the new Creative Playground on Pickett District Road in New Milford.

"The past years' projects have focused on civic venues," said Mr. Newman.

"I wanted to do something different this Earth Day. I thought it might be nice, given the economic climate and given our record snowfall, to open this up to homeowners and nonprofits," he said.

"I think we all could use a pick me up," he added.

Both projects will be part of a nationwide "Day of Service" initiated by national Professional Landcare Network lawn and landscape association PLANET, with the goal of giving its 4,200 member companies an opportunity to plan, organize, and carry out projects to benefit their local communities.

Applicants should briefly describe the state of the green space and e-mail photos to kristen@yardapes.org or mail them to YardApes, Inc. PO Box 982, New Milford, CT 06776.