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Judy and Dave Shelley



Skill Set


Project Size

500 - 750 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

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, Drip irrigation system, Pathways, Boulders

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box

Professional Help


Advice from the Owner

Our project was completed just last week, so we are still getting used to it. So are the neighbors, but we're getting a lot of positive comments and a lot of people driving by slowly. If you hire a designer, be sure they have experience in xeriscape design and have worked in Colorado for some time; xeriscape design is not the normal landscape design process. Moss rock boulders look great, but they are a lot more expensive than plain granite. I would have never tried to do the work myself; that was hard work, especially the dry stream bed and placing the boulders. We're looking forward to lower water bills and I already like a lot less mowing.

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