Homeowner shares stunning before and after photos of backyard makeover: ‘Practical and beautiful’

Homeowner shares stunning before and after photos of backyard makeover: ‘Practical and beautiful’

A Denver resident has caused a stir on Reddit after sharing his impressive backyard transformation.

In a post on the r/NoLawns community, the Redditor revealed a series of before-and-after photos that chronicle their journey from a lackluster garden to a thriving oasis of local plants and produce.

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"I love seeing the beautiful native plants above the madness of trying to keep Kentucky Bluegrass alive in the high desert."
Image source: Reddit

“When we moved into this house, the backyard was a mixture of logs, dead grass, layers of rocks and plastic, and thankfully a few pollinator-friendly sagebrush,” the original poster shared. “There is no irrigation on the land.”

Over the course of three years, the homeowner and his family took on the project themselves, with the exception of pouring a new patio. They sifted through buried rock and concrete, which was repurposed to create a dry, cleared creek bed and the boundaries of new planting areas.

The transformed space now includes a variety of pollinator-friendly native plants and an abundance of container-grown fruits and vegetables. Hops vines climb skyward while salvia plants bloom in vibrant colors.

Switching from traditional grass to native plants provides a range of benefits for both homeowners and the environment. Native species are adapted to local conditions and require less water, fertilizer and maintenance than resource-hungry grasslands.

This translates to significant savings on water bills and countless hours of mowing and maintenance. Restoring even a small area of ​​your garden with native plants, clover or buffalo grass can create valuable habitat for essential pollinators like bees and butterflies, supporting the ecosystems that sustain us.

Fellow Redditors were quick to praise the amazing transformation.

“I’m a Denver resident too. I love seeing beautiful native plants because of the craziness of trying to keep Kentucky Bluegrass alive in the high desert,” one commenter commented.

Another took particular interest in the dry creek bed feature, asking: “How will the little rock creek run? Will it actually collect and flow water? I’m trying to do that too but need to repeat it all the way from back to front to drain.”

“We don’t get a lot of rain here, so it seems to work well enough at moving water away from the house and onto my yarrow plant. It does a better job of using up all the scrap concrete I use,” the original poster replied. “It was from dismantling random pads around the yard.”

Although they note that there is still “some work to be done to pave paths and wood chips,” the family’s hard work has already paid off in a “functional and beautiful” yard.

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