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Skill Set


Project Size

750 - 1,000 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, Pathways, Low water/xeric plants, Shrubs

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Advice from the Owner

I smothered my front lawn (cardboard/lasagna method) in the fall of 2014. I planted the space the following spring with a lot of small plants ordered from High Country Gardens and a few small shrubs from local nurseries. My focus was on creating a xeriscape yard, and it is now extremely waterwise. Without an irrigation system, I hand-water a few times per year, during the driest periods, including winter occasionally. I will say that weeding was a huge chore for the first few years while it filled in. If I had to do it again, I would probably scatter seeds instead of planting seedlings, and focus more on natives. These are both things I'm planning to do in my backyard, which is next!

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