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Skill Set


Project Size

750 - 1,000 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed


Time Commitment

less than 10 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants, Shrubs, Patio/sitting areas, Low water/xeric plants

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Advice from the Owner

My yard requires a low level of maintenance and no irrigation other than a few hand-waterings during the growing season. This area of my backyard xeriscape has different groups of plants that bloom from late March through October. I used a variety of native and near-native (adapted) plantings to make this "wildscape" bird and pollinator-friendly.

My advice would be to stick with plants adapted or native to Colorado. Additionally, group plants by water needs, amend the soil, and avoid the use of high-water turf areas. If you have chosen your plant material for water efficiency, no need for an irrigation system - hand water to establish.

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