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Owner

Meghan

City

Arvada

Skill Set

Beginner

Project Size

750 - 1,000 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2

Time Commitment

More than 40 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants, Retaining walls, Pathways, Boulders

Advice from the Owner

We absolutely love our new front yard oasis! Not only are we conserving water, but it's absolutely gorgeous. It's so great not to have to take care of a lawn, and I love watching the dozens of bees that are constantly zooming between the flowering plants. Such an amazing difference!

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Owner

Kathy

City

Arvada

Skill Set

Beginner

Project Size

1,000+ sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2022

Time Commitment

More than 40 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants, Drip irrigation system, Pathways, Boulders, Berm/swale

Resource Central Programs

Slow the Flow

Advice from the Owner

We got rid of all the lawn. Now our waterwise plants are on a drip system. When the neighbors walk by, they said it reminds them of being in the mountains.

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Owner

Amanda

City

Arvada

Skill Set

Beginner

Project Size

500 - 750 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2018

Time Commitment

21 - 30 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Drip irrigation system

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

Love how easy it is to maintain and looks better every year as we let certain plants spread. We have year round interest - it looks great every season. Garden in a Box took all the guesswork out of choosing things that would work well in our climate. We’ve also been dividing plants and putting them in our backyard, saving us money on buying additional plants. We cut everything back early spring and have to prune a few plants back midsummer to keep them neat. We were a little worried about attracting bees to our front walkway but all the bees that hang out are just happy chilling on all the flowers as you walk by. We ended up adding some additional large grasses and had 3 plants (same kind) die after the second season. Other than that, there’s been no issues and would highly recommend Garden in a Box!

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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 plants, 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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