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Owner

Heather

City

Thornton

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

500 - 750 sq ft

Project Location

Back yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2018

Time Commitment

11 - 20 hours of labor

Project Cost

Less than $500

Other Project Elements

Drip irrigation system, Pathways, Patio/sitting areas

Resource Central Programs

Slow the Flow, Grass to Garden, Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

Make a space that works for you! We still wanted an area to have our morning coffee, so we needed to incorporate a walking path and a little seating area. Overall, we love our new garden (and have way less lawn to mow)!

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Owner

Kathy

City

Thornton

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

Low water/xeric plants

Resource Central Programs

Slow the Flow, Garden In A Box

Advice from the Owner

I love watching the bees enjoying the flowers as much as I do. I like sitting on my front porch to watch the flowers, bees, dragonflies and birds. Each year there is a new surprise as to what will come up as the flowers continue to seed and spread. Additionally, I did not need to purchase items for a drip system as all I had to do was shut down an entire sprinkler zone.

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Owner

Alisa

City

Thornton

Skill Set

Beginner

Project Size

1,000+ sq ft

Project Location

Back yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

2018, 2019

Time Commitment

10 hours of labor or less

Project Cost

Less than $500

Other Project Elements

Drip irrigation system, Pathways, Patio/sitting areas, Bird/Bee houses

Advice from the Owner

It is so scary when you start and SO WORTH IT when you're done.

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