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Skill Set


Project Size

1,000+ sq ft

Project Location

Sidewalk yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed


Time Commitment

10 hours of labor or less

Project Cost

Less than $500

Other Project Elements

Rain Garden, Bird/Bee houses, Low water/xeric plants

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box

Professional Help


Advice from the Owner

I got rid of the former lawn using different approaches in different areas. Some of those approaches were much more effective than others. If I did it again and felt like I had a lot of patience, I would kill then expose then re-kill a patch. Then, I would repeat this process over the course of at least one whole year. I think this would eliminate the grass coming back. Additionally, I think it would significantly reduce weeds. Of the many different ways that I killed grass, I found the lasagna method with cardboard to be most effective over the long run and newspaper second most effective.


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