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Owner

Susan

City

Aurora

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

250 - 500 sq ft

Project Location

Backyard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2022

Time Commitment

21 - 30 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants

Advice from the Owner

We replaced approximately 400 sq ft of grass in our backyard with native plants. 😁. We and the bees love the result and have not had a lot of maintenance except pulling a few weeds since we planted. After we had the sod removed some grass began to sprout from the roots that were left. We were advised to lay down cardboard to prevent this, which we did and have only had to pull a few clumps of grass since then. We also surrounded the area with rabbit proof fencing since we have a lot of furry critters in our yard. Our plan is to install a drip system next spring in that area.

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Owner

Colleen

City

Aurora

Skill Set

Expert

Project Size

250 - 500 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

Never Finished

Time Commitment

21 - 30 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

Over 12 years, we have slowly removed grass and created a large flower bed. The front half is established and I replace a few dead plants every now and then. Our tree died last year and it was our 2nd tree in 20 years so we decided to plant flowers instead as they seem to live better. I saw the Garden in a Box offer and took advantage of it. That is the new young plants on the back half of the flower bed. Give them a few years and they will be large, full and happy like the front half. The bees, spiders, bugs and the occasional snake are thrilled with the flower bed and call it home.

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Owner

David

City

Aurora

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

1,000+ sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2020

Time Commitment

21 - 30 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Drip irrigation system, Boulders, Low water/xeric plants

Resource Central Programs

Lawn Removal Service

Advice from the Owner

We like conserving more water due to xeriscape. We've found horticultural vinegar, which is stronger than household vinegar, is useful for controlling grass/weeds that sprout through the mulch.

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