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Owner

Sherry

City

Louisville

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

250 - 500 sq ft

Project Location

Backyard

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, Shrubs

Resource Central Programs

Lawn Removal Service, Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

I love that an oddly shaped, weedy and bramble filled section of yard has been transformed! We live in the back of a cul de sac and the northwest corner of our yard has always been an eyesore. Every spring I would hopefully begin digging out the thorny blackberry bush, hundreds of dandelions and other weeds and would water the remaining ‘lawn’. I’d give up every July or August but not before I had used too much water and gotten very little.

I planted two garden in a box sets for sun, currents, a not thorny blackberry, Josta berry, Russian Hawthorne, and three Weeping White spruce trees. The far back corner is a pen for composting fall leaves. We had someone build a handsome flagstone path to define the garden spot and now it’s an always changing place of beauty.

I had to plant in a hurry because It was super wet in 2021–had to get the plants in the ground fast, in between the wet and soupy mud and coming broiling sun. Unfortunately, the boxes I got didn’t have a map for a triangular garden layout so I plunked plants in the ground. I had to move some really tall ones this spring. Some others are too close to bigger plants and are not as big and vibrant as they should be.

I’m haven’t quite figured out the watering system—am hand watering and using the sprinklers that I used for the lawn at the moment. I would like to get that piece figured out. Other than those two things I wouldn’t change anything!

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Owner

Neil Hendricks

City

Louisville

Skill Set

Beginner

Project Size

500 - 750 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, Grass to Garden

Advice from the Owner

Love not worrying about watering grass every day through the summer and watching the bees and butterflies enjoy the front yard as much as we love coming home to the beautiful flowers every day. Flowers are blooming from early spring through late fall and the front yard has never looked better.

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Owner

Zak

City

Louisville

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

500 - 750 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2020

Time Commitment

11 - 20 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Boulders, Pathways, Drip irrigation system, Low water/xeric plants

Resource Central Programs

Lawn Removal Service, Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

The bees have already found our new Butterfly Bounty Garden In A Box from Resource Central. We added 2.5 tons of Colorado Pink gravel from Pioneer Sand as a border (and to make the garden space a bit smaller) and built our own drip system using the Rainbird 1800 retrofit kit. Works like a charm! Can't wait to see what it looks like in years two and three!

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