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Skill Set


Project Size

250 - 500 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

on going

Time Commitment

More than 40 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants, Raised/tiered beds, Pathways, Bird/Bee houses

Resource Central Programs

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

Professional Help


Advice from the Owner

The project has taken time, but I have done it all by myself. I dug up and turned over the grass, collected rock from neighbor next door, eliminated several sprinkler heads, and transplanted \added some of my original plants with two garden in a boxes. I let everything go to seed in the fall, it looks very Colorado-y in the winter covered in snow. Everything gets heavily mulched in early spring, very little weeding is needed. It is rewarding to see neighbors slow down and walk by observing the fruits of your labor.

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