Valley Glen turf transformation
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A lawn transformed in Valley Glen

Valley Glen turf transformation

The front lawn before it was removed. 

 (Giovanna Melton)
Valley Glen turf transformation

The front yard today. 

 (Giovanna Melton)
Valley Glen turf transformation

The front yard in 2014. 

 (Giovanna Melton)
Valley Glen turf transformation

The yard fills in. 

 (Giovanna Melton)
Valley Glen turf transformation

Giovanna Melton’s concept for the garden, before she started planting. 

 (Giovanna Melton)
Valley Glen turf transformation

After the lawn was removed, a path was installed from driveway to driveway, in an effort to replicate water. 

 (Giovanna Melton)
Valley Glen turf transformation

The anchor plants. 

 (Giovanna Melton)
Valley Glen turf transformation

The front yard is shown after the first initial planting. 

 (Giovanna Melton)
Valley Glen turf transformation

The lawn was replaced with lavender, poppies, agave, rosemary and artemesia, among many others. Melton tried to cover as much bare soil as possible to keep weeds to a minimum and protect the soil. (In an effort to curb waste, Melton uses leaves from the sweet gum tree for mulch.)

 (Giovanna Melton)
Valley Glen turf transformation

As a costume designer, Melton is a big fan of color. So she broadcasts California wildflower seeds and plans on planting more gazanias and echinaceas, two drought-tolerant perennials with pretty blooms that attract butterflies.

 (Giovanna Melton)
Valley Glen turf transformation

Melton spent about  $5,000 on the new yard including the turf removal, putting in the pathway, and planting the larger anchor plants. She continues to add to the garden today, depending on the season. 

 (Giovanna Melton)
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