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Skill Set


Project Size

1,000+ 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, Retaining walls, Pathways, Boulders, Shrubs

Professional Help


Advice from the Owner

I love that this new landscape will bring in more butterflies and bee's. Also, this created space and opportunity for me to meet more of my neighbors. People approached me with smiles, questions, hello's and water to keep me hydrated. This project has inspired others in the neighborhood to get started on their own lawn projects. I learned a lot over the last 5 months; 1: It takes time to get to where you want to be, 2: Be patient and even when you want to give up, don't give up, 3: Even though it is the pits to cut out holes in the weed block ground cover to place over the ground and around the plants, do it. It will save on weeds in the end. 4: If you don't mind keeping the grass that was removed, do it, it will feed your plants and support evening out your landscape, or creating little hills and contrast in the yard.

What worked well; allowing myself enough time to really figure out my design. Once I had it drawn up, I was able to work from that vision, and it changed, over and over again. Being able to just be creative was also fun. It was my project and I did it my way. What I would have done differently? The retainer wall, I would have probably read more about it and took more advice from people that have done it. It took me 4 try's before it was done right. I am not in a place of regret though, I am in a place of accomplishment and happiness. I cannot wait for next spring.

So grateful to this program and all of the resources that are available. Thank you Resource Central and everyone that I met along the way!

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