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Owner

Emily

City

Longmont

Skill Set

Beginner

Project Size

Less than 250 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2021

Time Commitment

11 - 20 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

I love how wild it looks! The bees and butterflies love it, and today we had a hummingbird checking it out! I wish that I had spaced some of the plants a little further apart - they sort of exploded. So some of them are big and really close together, and I have patches where others didn't make it and I'll need to replant.

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Owner

Blanche and Ron

City

Longmont

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

1,000+ sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2021

Time Commitment

less than 10 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants, Drip irrigation system, Raised/tiered beds, Pathways, Patio/sitting areas, Boulders, Berm/swale, Shrubs

Resource Central Programs

Slow the Flow, Lawn Removal Service

Advice from the Owner

It took ‘special approval’ from our HOA, was a lot of work for two senior citizens, and took longer than we thought it would, but we are so fortunate to have the will and ability to do almost all of the work ourselves! So many with expertise freely shared with us, such as staff at Resource Central, Boulder County Parks and Open Space, Harlequins Gardens (Boulder), CSU Extension, and Denver Botanical Gardens. Waterwise Webinars are highly recommended; they helped us embrace a new kind of gardening and get started with drought-resistant perennials. Sod removal (great job, Resource Central!) and electrical were hired out. Now, our yard is much more interesting to us than the rectangle of sod that it used to be!

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