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Skill Set


Project Size

250 - 500 sq ft

Project Location


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, Shrubs

Resource Central Programs

Lawn Removal Service, Garden In A Box

Professional Help


Advice from the Owner

I love that an oddly shaped, weedy and bramble filled section of yard has been transformed! We live in the back of a cul de sac and the northwest corner of our yard has always been an eyesore. Every spring I would hopefully begin digging out the thorny blackberry bush, hundreds of dandelions and other weeds and would water the remaining ‘lawn’. I’d give up every July or August but not before I had used too much water and gotten very little.

I planted two garden in a box sets for sun, currents, a not thorny blackberry, Josta berry, Russian Hawthorne, and three Weeping White spruce trees. The far back corner is a pen for composting fall leaves. We had someone build a handsome flagstone path to define the garden spot and now it’s an always changing place of beauty.

I had to plant in a hurry because It was super wet in 2021–had to get the plants in the ground fast, in between the wet and soupy mud and coming broiling sun. Unfortunately, the boxes I got didn’t have a map for a triangular garden layout so I plunked plants in the ground. I had to move some really tall ones this spring. Some others are too close to bigger plants and are not as big and vibrant as they should be.

I’m haven’t quite figured out the watering system—am hand watering and using the sprinklers that I used for the lawn at the moment. I would like to get that piece figured out. Other than those two things I wouldn’t change anything!

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