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Skill Set


Project Size

250 - 500 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed


Time Commitment

31 - 40 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box

Professional Help


Advice from the Owner

I removed the sod myself by cutting it and flipping it over. Then chopping it up and letting the grass die. This provides nutrients into the soil. I found free large river rock on Craigslist to border the garden. I used free mulch from the city of Westminster. I got the Garden In A Box kits for free because I removed the sod. This project cost me nothing other than my own labor. The plants are nice healthy plants. I highly recommend the Garden In A Box kits and it's great to stop watering so much grass.

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