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Owner

Matt

City

Broomfield

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, Berm/swale, Pathways

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

I removed 1,800 s.f. worth of bluegrass and added almost 1,000 s.f. of low-water, xeric plants. I took full advantage of Resource Central's lawn removal program and did the work myself by renting a sod cutter. I also installed all new irrigation (again, myself), including smart sprinklers (Irrigreen Sprinklers) for the little grass I have left and a drip system for the garden beds. I was able to obtain RC's plant guides before I began the work, which allowed to meticulously plan my layout. In total, I planted more than 140 plants in three different garden areas. I received plants form RC, High Country Gardens, and local nurseries. I would recommend taking a close look at amending soil. I created a berm in in one of my gardens with a 50/50 top soil/squeegee mix, and that garden area has by far outperformed all others, which are thick with clay. The pictures that I have provided are all from the same season! I planted everything in the second week of May 2022, and the most recent picture was from July 25th, 2022. Based on my current billing data, I have already saved more than 14,000 gallons of water through the months of May, June, and July! My garden is alive native pollinators, and I could am incredibly excited to see what the next few growing seasons bring!

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Owner

Judy and Dave Shelley

City

Broomfield

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

500 - 750 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

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

Our project was completed just last week, so we are still getting used to it. So are the neighbors, but we're getting a lot of positive comments and a lot of people driving by slowly. If you hire a designer, be sure they have experience in xeriscape design and have worked in Colorado for some time; xeriscape design is not the normal landscape design process. Moss rock boulders look great, but they are a lot more expensive than plain granite. I would have never tried to do the work myself; that was hard work, especially the dry stream bed and placing the boulders. We're looking forward to lower water bills and I already like a lot less mowing.

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Owner

Linda Hunsinger

City

Broomfield

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

250 - 500 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2021

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

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box, Lawn Removal Service

Advice from the Owner

It's amazing to watch this project 'grow into itself' over a short period of time -- quite beautiful! I'm so happy to save water compared to the waste most neighbors see flow down the drain when watering/maintaining a small patch of lawn. Am so very pleased with the services & products from Resource Central -- it was all worth the work & effort.

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Owner

Mary & Chris

City

Broomfield

Skill Set

Beginner

Project Size

750 - 1,000 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

Not done

Time Commitment

less than 10 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants, Pathways, Veggie gardens, Shrubs, Berm/swale, Drip irrigation system, Raised/tiered beds

Resource Central Programs

Lawn Removal Service, Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

This continuing work in progress is bringing so much life and joy into our space! The increase in bees, butterflies, birds, and bunnies who caper around our yard is delightful to watch. Though the layers of mulching make the continuous battle against bindweed a bit easier to stay on top of, they don’t prevent everything from growing up and we’ve discovered some lovely volunteer succulents and two trees joining the party! Our Garden In A Box formed the foundation in 2018 and we’ve divided several plants to grow, as well as filled in with a couple of other xeric plants each year. Turf removal of the remaining grass in 2020 was a huge step! Our modified cold-frame veggie garden takes center stage March-September and provides a surprising amount of food. We can’t wait to fill in the south side of the yard with our second Garden In A Box this fall!

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Owner

Matt

City

Broomfield

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

250 - 500 sq ft

Project Location

Front 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

Raised/tiered beds, Drip irrigation system, Retaining walls

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

Plan your project out in detail before you begin. If you can utilize even a small raised bed and begin with quality planters mix, your plants will thrive and your maintenance will be limited.

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