Model Your Yard and Spread Water-Wise Landscapes in Your Neighborhood

This program makes it easy for lucky residents to beautify their landscape and save water by removing their grass and replacing it with a Garden In A Box for FREE. Resource Central does all the heavy lifting for you; removing 200 square feet of grass in your front yard, preparing your soil for planting, and delivering the compost, mulch, sprinkler conversion kit, and plants right to you. All we ask is that you lead the charge to convert your sprinklers and plant the garden. Don’t worry, we’ll be there to help every step of the way!  All of this labor and materials are valued at over $2,000, but is 100% FREE to the chosen few.

This inspiring program helps homeowners with every step of the water-wise landscape change project in order to make your yard the envy of your neighborhood. But beware, your neighbors just might stop awhile to gawk at your colorful new front yard!

How It Works 

This program is a utility-funded water conservation program only available to a few select neighborhoods in the City of Golden. Qualified residents who want to remove a 200 sq. ft. area of lawn are eligible to have Resource Central organize a FREE water-wise landscape change for your yard. The steps are simple!

STEP 1: Apply.  We can’t do this for everyone, so we’ll need you to fill out an application to help us choose the best candidates. More info on qualifications below.

STEP 2: Remove and Replace Your Grass.  Resource Central will coordinate with the lucky participants to schedule a time for us to come to your home, remove your turf, and prepare your soil for the garden. We’ll then come back the next day to assist you with converting your sprinkler system and planting your new garden.

STEP 3: Soak up the Spotlight.  Show off your new garden to your neighbors and enjoy saving water and money on your landscape.

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Expectationsmore details

What’s Provided by Resource Central:  

  • Physical removal and disposal of 200 sq. ft. of turf in your front lawn
  • 200 sq. ft. Garden In A Box (includes: starter plants, plant by number maps, and plant and care guide)
  • Delivery of compost and mulch
  • Tilling compost into the ground to prepare the soil for the garden
  • Rain Bird spray to drip irrigation conversion kit
  • Professional assistance with converting the irrigation system and planting the garden

What’s Expected of the Participants:

  • Recruit a few neighbors and friends to volunteer on the project
  • Take the lead on converting the sprinkler system with assistance from Resource Central
  • Plant the garden with the help of your volunteers and guidance from Resource Central
  • Willingness to be photographed and interviewed for a promotional video about the project


Qualificationsmore details

In order to qualify to participate in this project, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a City of Golden Water customer
  • Willing to remove 200 sq. ft. of maintained grass in your front yard
  • Currently irrigating the grass with an in-ground sprinkler system
  • The area of grass to be removed must be fully contained within one or two irrigation zones


Application Requirementsmore details

In order for the application to be considered, the following supporting documents must be attached to the completed application:

  • Landscape design of the proposed project
  • Before photo of proposed conversion area
  • HOA approval letter (only necessary if you live in an HOA)
  • Photo and video consent form
  • Signed program contract


Important Datesmore details

  • August 16: Deadline for submitting your application
  • June 17- August 30: Resource Central will select qualified applicants and schedule a site visit to confirm eligibility
  • August 30: Deadline to complete a site visit
  • September 6: Resource Central will select the 3 most qualified applicants to participate in the project
  • September 16-27: Resource Central and the selected participants will perform the turf removal and replacement projects


Program Impactmore details

Program Impact

  • Residents can save about 2,000 gallons of water per year for every 200 sq. ft. of lawn converted to Xeriscape, up to 14,000 gallons over the course of the garden’s lifetime!
  • To date, Resource Central has helped residents replace over 50,000 sq. ft. of turfgrass with low-water landscaping, potentially saving up to 520,000 gallons of water per year.


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Email Phebe Taylor, or call 303-999-3820 x236.