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Skill Set


Project Size

1,000+ 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

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box, Slow the Flow

Professional Help


Advice from the Owner

I converted RV parking on the other side of my driveway (we don't own an RV) to a waterwise yard, and I was so happy with the results that I decided to do the same thing to my front lawn. I smothered the grass with cardboard and covered the cardboard with black mulch. I needed WAY more mulch than I estimated (roughly 80 bags total). I recommend waiting until mid to late summer to mulch as many places offer decent sales then. One mistake I made on the driveway gardens was separating plants by the "mature growth width" without considering the width of the plant next to it. So, if mature growth was 24" and you plant it next to another plant that's mature growth is 24", they need to be 48" apart. This may seem obvious to most people, but I am an English major. So, for the front lawn, I erred on the side of more distance between plants to avoid crowding.

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