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Skill Set


Project Size

1,000+ sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed


Time Commitment

More than 40 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants, Drip irrigation system, Berm/swale, Pathways

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box

Professional Help


Advice from the Owner

I removed 1,800 s.f. worth of bluegrass and added almost 1,000 s.f. of low-water, xeric plants. I took full advantage of Resource Central's lawn removal program and did the work myself by renting a sod cutter. I also installed all new irrigation (again, myself), including smart sprinklers (Irrigreen Sprinklers) for the little grass I have left and a drip system for the garden beds. I was able to obtain RC's plant guides before I began the work, which allowed to meticulously plan my layout. In total, I planted more than 140 plants in three different garden areas. I received plants form RC, High Country Gardens, and local nurseries. I would recommend taking a close look at amending soil. I created a berm in in one of my gardens with a 50/50 top soil/squeegee mix, and that garden area has by far outperformed all others, which are thick with clay. The pictures that I have provided are all from the same season! I planted everything in the second week of May 2022, and the most recent picture was from July 25th, 2022. Based on my current billing data, I have already saved more than 14,000 gallons of water through the months of May, June, and July! My garden is alive native pollinators, and I could am incredibly excited to see what the next few growing seasons bring!

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