The Saga of a Puget Sound DIY Native & Pollinator Garden Lawn Replacement

Planting plan for my lawn replacement, featuring native, pollinator-friendly, and drought-tolerant plants.

Planting plan for my lawn replacement, featuring native, pollinator-friendly, and drought-tolerant plants.

Over the past two years, I’ve dreamed of replacing my lawn with a native, drought-tolerant, wildlife-friendly garden. As with all major projects, it didn’t go precisely as planned. I’m sharing my successes and misadventures so others in the Puget Lowlands who are considering replacing their lawns with a habitat garden can avoid repeating my mistakes.

I’ll update this post with links as I go.

Phase One: Planning

  • Layout Design
  • Plant Selection

Phase Two: Preparation

  • Removing the Lawn
  • Soil Testing & Amendment
sod cutting lawn

Sod cutting the lawn.

Phase Three: Installation

  • Plant shopping
  • Plant layout & planting
  • Lighting & hardscape

Phase Four: Survival

Phase Five: Future!

  • Replanting
  • Incorporating bulbs
  • Adding more mulch & fixing the soaker hoses

About Tracy Durnell

Seattle-area graphic designer and SFF writer inspired by the Pacific Northwest, crafting a sustainable and intentional life.

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