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Skill Set


Project Size

500 - 750 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed


Time Commitment

less than 10 hours of labor

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


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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