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FROM A SHABBY LAWN TO ... well, it still looks kind of shabby. But my forlorn front yard is coming along, really it is. Click on the photo to see a web album of photos from summer of 2005, when the pile of compost was delivered, to spring of 2007, when I weeded for the first time. Yes, that's right--for the first time. I don't recommend letting the weeding go for so long (this area would probably be looking a lot better if I had weeded annually or even biannually), but I did almost no weeding for two years, from the time the area was planted in 2005 until this spring. Thus far the labor to install natives in this area has consisted of: begging cardboard from a local merchant, spreading cardboard and covering it with compost, collecting native plants, planting natives in the compost, watering the natives (first year after planting), and one extended weeding effort, on which I've probably spent a few hours a day for the last month. The only out-of-pocket cost for this project has about $200 for a load of compost plus the cost of purchasing a few native shrubs.