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Owner

Yuchen

City

Boulder

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

750 - 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

Pathways, Low water/xeric plants, Boulders

Resource Central Programs

Grass to Garden

Advice from the Owner

We kept the black plastic on for 4.5 months and so far no grass has re-surfaced. Also make sure to seal the edges as tight as possible with wood /rocks or bricks in order to keep the air and sunlight out. Once the plastic is off, we’ve spread mulch generously about 3/4” deep.

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Owner

Neesha

City

Boulder

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

250 - 500 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

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Grass to Garden

Advice from the Owner

The Grass to Garden project was such a helpful way to affordably convert our lawn to a native, xeric, pollinator-friendly garden. We only spent money on our drip irrigation system. We did all the labor by hand. Additionally, we used old newspapers as anti-weed lining, and covered that with mulch from the City of Boulder's free mulch pile. The pink cloud bloom multiple times through the summer and it made me so happy to have the two different native geraniums-- I got to see them bloom in our front yard and on mountain trails!

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Owner

Federico

City

Boulder

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

250 - 500 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

Drip irrigation system, Raised/tiered beds, Pathways

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Grass to Garden

Advice from the Owner

I like perennial flowers much more than lawn!

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Owner

Susi

City

Boulder

Skill Set

Beginner

Project Size

250 - 500 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2018

Time Commitment

31 - 40 hours of labor

Project Cost

Less than $500

Other Project Elements

Pathways, Rain Garden, Berm/swale, Low water/xeric plants

Resource Central Programs

Lawn Removal Consultation, Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

Just take it one step at a time. It was some work but it was well worth it. My main piece of advice is to have someone else remove the grass. I wish I had hired someone for that piece of the project. I love seeing all the bees, butterflies and birds that the plants attract. And, of course, the diversity of plants and flowers is much more beautiful and interesting that the lawn was!

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Owner

Amanda

City

Boulder

Skill Set

Beginner

Project Size

1,000+ sq ft

Project Location

Sidewalk yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2017, 2019

Time Commitment

10 hours of labor or less

Project Cost

Less than $500

Other Project Elements

Drip irrigation system, Retaining walls, Berm/swale, Other

Advice from the Owner

There are a lot of great things about our new landscaping! This includes our water usage being reduced significantly and utilizing the strips of unused land between the street and sidewalk (aka tree lawn) of a large city corner lot. The Garden In A Box plants are all native and drought resistant - which means they will thrive with basic care. Additionally, we are thrilled with the descriptions of each plant and design plans that came with the boxes. We participated in the Slow the Flow program, Garden In A Box and the Lawn Removal Consultation.

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Owner

Betsy

City

Boulder

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

750 - 1,000 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

Bird/Bee houses, Veggie gardens, Pathways, Drip irrigation system, Raised/tiered beds, Low water/xeric plants

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

Removing the tired, water-intensive patch of lawn made our small property so much more inviting and usable. We connected our front side and back spaces with a continuous path and planted waterwise, bee inviting, food producing plants. We love it! My advice is to use your imagination. Make a unique space that suits how you want to enjoy your space, and retool the idea of a water-guzzling lawn.

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Owner

Jon

City

Boulder

Skill Set

Beginner

Project Size

250 - 500 sq ft

Project Location

Side yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2018

Time Commitment

21 - 30 hours of labor

Project Cost

Less than $500

Other Project Elements

Pathways, Low water/xeric plants

Resource Central Programs

Lawn Removal Consultation, Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

I love the water conservation and beauty of flowering plants. Once established, the garden takes very little maintenance. Overall, I am so pleased with the results on the south side of my property. I am now planning to create a xeriscape garden in front of my home (east side) as well.

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