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Owner

Deb

City

Boulder

Skill Set

Intermediate

Project Size

500 - 750 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Partial shade

Year Completed

2021

Time Commitment

More than 40 hours

Project Cost

Less than $500

Other Project Elements

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

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box, Grass to Garden, Slow the Flow

Professional Help

No

Advice from the Owner

I love the look of the rich brown mulch in place of the thirsty, sometimes green grass. It's a great backdrop for the bright and varied perennial plants and decorative grasses already in place, in addition to those added from the Garden in a Box shade selection. This summer (2021) has had numerous record hot days. During that time watering or assessing each new addition for the need to be watered has been important on a very regular basis - often in early June two to three times a day due to our very early heatwave. However, I have been more than happy to trade the care and time related to establishing this lovely, varied selection of plants provided by the Grass to Garden program in place of the time and effort of weekly mowing, watering and at times fertilizing a lawn that wasn’t giving back the beauty I now enjoy.

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