Tales of Turf Removal: Part 1

Sue, a resident of the City of Boulder, spearheaded a turf removal project in the common area of her HOA. The section of lawn that she chose had a 30 year old irrigation system that badly needed to be replaced. Participation in the program prompted the HOA to replace the old, leaky system and add a drip zone for the new Garden In A Box. The new zone will maximize water savings and cut down on maintenance! With the help of friends, neighbors and a boombox, Sue was able to remove 200 sq. ft. of turf. Learn more about her experience below!

Q: What was your motivation for transforming your landscape?
A: To beautify our little common area with a pollinator friendly garden and conserve water at the save time. I love the pollinators!

Q: What was the most challenging part of the project?
A: Coordinating the various stages of the project around the people who were participating and keeping incidental costs to a minimum.

Q: Do you have any words of advice for future turf removal participants?
A: Some considerations: do you have a way to transport the turf away; do you have the tools available to remove it; do you have the manpower and strength to lift 20 to 40 pounds of turf repeatedly; do you have the funds for the various incidental costs and a drip irrigation system?

Q: What was your favorite part of the project?
A: Neighborhood participation, team work and imagining how lovely the area will look.