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Owner

Alison

City

Arvada

Skill Set

Beginner

Project Size

750 - 1,000 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2020

Time Commitment

31 - 40 hours of labor

Project Cost

Less than $500

Other Project Elements

Pathways, Low water/xeric plants

Resource Central Programs

Lawn Removal Service

Advice from the Owner

We had the lawn removed but did the rest of the work ourselves. This included choosing the landscaping rock, mulch, and plants. We were completely exhausted and it took about 40 hours during a regular work week. However, it was completely worth it! We planted low-water plants like: ice plant, tricolor stonecrop for ground cover, Ruby Flame perennial phlox, blue balloon flowers, coneflower, and baby’s breath. We are thrilled with the results!

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Owner

Daniel & Heather

City

Arvada

Skill Set

Beginner

Project Size

500 - 750 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2018

Time Commitment

11 - 20 hours of labor

Project Cost

Less than $500

Other Project Elements

Boulders, Bird/Bee houses

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

It’s a great conversation piece with neighbors. We have kids come into the yard to look for butterflies and bees. Our garden is 3 years old and we continue to add new xeric plants and learn about gardening. We loved not having to install a sprinkler system or try to keep grass alive in a full sun spot. The garden requires some upkeep throughout the year but we enjoy cracking open a cold beverage and spending time in the garden deadheading or watering in the evenings after a long workday.

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