How-To: Front Yard Garden


Avid gardner and Instructables user AngryRedhead writes:

Personally, I’m not one for lawns. I am not vehemently opposed to them or anything, but lawns need to serve a functional purpose in my landscape. My dogs aren’t about to be set loose in the front yard, and I’m not about to start a croquet match in it. If I had kids, I doubt I would send them out front to play next to a road where people have become a bit too convinced that they are in fact excellent drivers and that children don’t randomly run out in front of their cars.

I like plants, lots of them, and gardening is a high-priority hobby in my life. I went nursery hopping in North Carolina for my honeymoon! I would hate to lose valuable gardening real estate to a nonfunctional lawn especially when that lawn is on the southern side of the house in a region plagued by heat and drought. Who wants to be watering and mowing in summers typified by 100F, humid weather? That sounds like a little slice of hell to me.

So the lawn got the boot in the front yard and will be relocated to the back where it’s cooler and will serve a more functional purpose. This Instructable details planning considerations for someone wanting to tackle a project like this and how my SO and I went about doing it.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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