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Skill Set


Project Size

250 - 500 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed


Time Commitment

11 - 20 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants, Pathways, Drip irrigation system

Resource Central Programs

Grass to Garden

Professional Help


Advice from the Owner

The grass in this yard always struggled from inconsistent watering and the shade from the silver maple. Covering the grass with cardboard was an easy way to begin to remove the grass, and covering the cardboard with landscape cloth and mulch made the area look much nicer while we waited for the grass to die (and stopped the cardboard from blowing away during spring storms).

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