Make an Oasis in Your Front Yard!

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Introduction: Make an Oasis in Your Front Yard!

About: Retired, doing art work now. Great. Have the time and the money to spend doing what I want to do.

Just over a year ago, I decided to remake my front yard. Due to drought, the grass was dying and in fact, most of it had died. So I thought it would be better to conserve water and stop trying to have that "perfect lawn" that used to be the standard.  I cleared a spot in the center of the yard, and you can see the progression of the "Oasis" over the years time.  It's still a work in progress, but as you can see, many plants have matured and others have died and been replaced.  I outlined the entire plot with concrete curbing I made in individual molds over time. Into the molds, I encased various words using styrofoam cut on the hotwire machine.  One raised bed, a post with a planter on it, a pathway, some concrete tree rings, a bird bath  and a variety of plants make an attractive, interesting "garden spot" in the front yard.

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    13 Comments

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    msplantladi
    msplantladi

    6 years ago

    looks great,I live in Las Vegas so i am learning gardening all over again. What are some of the plant names that you used?

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    fkey541
    fkey541

    10 years ago on Introduction

    How did you create 'The Oasis' stone? I have already downloaded and plan to create pavers and planters. Thanks!

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    Creativeman
    Creativeman

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I just cut them out of styrofoam, which had been pre-painted...then they are glued onto the concrete piece as shown. They won't last forever, but it's an easy fix to remake them if necessary.

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    Momastray
    Momastray

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Very lovely. I have a very small yard and I need to do something like this. I just don't know where to start! haha I especially love your borders with the messages in them. I love making things like that, I'm just not a gardener. Anyway, yours is an inspiration.

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    Creativeman
    Creativeman

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for your comments...it is hard to get started sometime, but just start, and one thing leads to another, right? Good luck.

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    Horse_Fly
    Horse_Fly

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I love this! I am in the beginning stages of replacing my lawn in my backyard as I am tired of battling weeds and having to mow it. I have the unfortunate obstacle of it being a slope so I have to do retainer walls or creative planting to prevent things from eroding away :P That adds onto the cost and labor quite a bit. I am determined though to get it done in the next 5 years. Just want enough grass left for the dogs to play ball. I think a doggy playground is gonna be part of my design.

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    leonardml
    leonardml

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Beauuuutiful! Love the lemons in the foreground. Made any lemoncello yet?!

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    Creativeman
    Creativeman

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, they are oranges, and they make fabulous orange juice! Thanks.

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    Robyntheslug
    Robyntheslug

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Looks great! For even better water retention, some hardy groundcover or some mulch might help fill in the bare spots and cut back on weeding.

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    Creativeman
    Creativeman

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks...you're right, but the design is not complete yet, and don't want to finalize it with groundcover just yet...

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    Tomcat94
    Tomcat94

    11 years ago on Introduction

    This is so awesome!! I should try to do this as well, and have an oasis in my backyard instead. :)

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    Creativeman
    Creativeman

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for the comment. It makes a lot of difference in a yard.